Mr. Young was born and raised in Watertown, N.Y. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1954, he enrolled at Canton ATI, now part of the State University of New York at Canton, where he earned a degree in agriculture in 1956.
After serving in the Army in Germany for three years, he went to work for the NSA in 1960.
Mr. Young's work was of a classified nature, said his wife of 33 years, the former Wendy Vieser. He traveled extensively for the agency during his career and was involved in the establishment of facilities in Maryland, Hawaii, Texas and Georgia.
When he retired in 1999, he was presented the Director's Distinguished Service Medal, among other honors from the United States government and the United Kingdom.
He was also presented the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
From 2000 to 2008, when he retired a second time, Mr. Young was a consultant to CACI International Inc., an Arlington, Va., company that provides assistance with information technology to federal agencies.
Mr. Young was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time at a family cottage on Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor, N.Y. He also was a gardener and genealogist.
A resident of Crownsville since 1986, Mr. Young was a longtime member of Baldwin United Methodist Church in Millersville.
Services were held Tuesday.
Also surviving are a son, Richard G. Young Jr. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Jennifer Day of Stafford, Va.; a brother, Patrick Young of Sangerfield, N.Y.; and three granddaughters.