Elsner, Roy Arthur 89, died Feb. 28, 2014 in Dallas, TX. He was surrounded by the warmth and love of family. Survivors include children Phil Elsner and fiancé, Pam Hiller, and Susan Elsner Furman all of Dallas; five grandchildren, Elliott, Jeffrey and Heather Elsner, and Amanda "Amy" and Jason Furman of Dallas; nieces and nephews, Sylvia (Marvin) Greenberg of Dallas and Rachelle Nedow of El Paso, numerous grand- & great-grand nephews and nieces, and dearest friend Marjorie Cowin, of Dallas. Born August 24, 1924 in Cicero, IL, he is pre-deceased by Essie, his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, brother, Joseph Robert Elsner, sister, Helen Elsner, and parents, Elsie (Beck) and Adolph Elsner. Elsner was an honored and decorated Marine in World War II where he was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds sustained in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Prior to moving to Dallas in 2008, Elsner was a pillar of the Odessa, TX community for over 60 years, where he founded KQIP-FM in 1961, the first FM radio station in West Texas. He worked in broadcasting for the rest of his life. He was active in numerous organizations and most humbled to receive awards and honors for his service, from organizations including The Daughters of World War II. He enjoyed playing bridge, spending time with friends, and participating in Temple Shalom's vibrant Saturday Torah Study group. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tues, March 4, 2014, in Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd. in Dallas followed by burial with full Military Honors immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Park/Sparkman Hillcrest. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of his favorite charities.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 2, 2014