Funeral services for Robert LeRoy Elder, 87, formerly of Linwood and Lawrence, Kansas will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mt. Sidney Cemetery in Linwood. He passed away on January 6, 2017.
He was the son of Robert and Hattie Elder of Linwood, Kansas. Born and raised in Linwood, he married Wilma Jamison in 1950 and was married for 67 years. He worked for Sutherland Lumber Company in Kansas City and then moved to Flagstaff Arizona to begin his home building career. After 4 years there, he moved back to Lawrence and incorporated his business as Western Home Builders.
He is survived by Wilma and his six children, Greg Elder (Sue) of Newton, KS, Terry Elder (Annette) of McPherson, KS, Mona Polom (Dennis) of Phoenix, AZ, Jeff Elder (Joan) of Lawrence, KS, Brad Elder (Melanie) of Quinter, KS and Randy Elder (Patricia) of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and brother, Jim Elder, Linwood, KS. He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Roberta Johnson.
After retiring from the building industry, Robert enjoyed growing hydroponic tomatoes at the Elder Greenhouse in Linwood and running a farrow to finish hog operation in south central Kansas.
The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice and Homecare of Reno County and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.