Walter Elder Jr. (1929 - 2013)

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Walter Elder Jr.

Des Moines

Walter Elder Jr., 84, died peacefully on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Walter was born on April 30, 1929 in Vail, IA to Walter and Evelyn (Monson) Elder. He graduated from Valley High School and went on to work at Delavan Manufacturing in West Des Moines. He later became a self-employed woodworker, starting his own company, Elder Manufacturing. Walter married his loving wife, Joyce, in 1976 in Des Moines. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was also a master woodworker, making hundreds of handcrafted pieces for customers, family, friends, and his church.

Walter is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Allen (Connie) McClintock of Altoona; daughters, Donna (Alan) Lander of Altoona, Nancy (Charlie) Cramer of Murray, KY and Carol (Pete) Llamas of Waukegan, IL; nephew, Rusty (Carmen) Parker of Baxter; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alvina "Toots" Parker and Arvina "Babe" Wade; and brothers, Garmen and Herman Elder.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 13 at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines followed by a luncheon at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive. Memorial contributions may be directed to Walter's church.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Sept. 8, 2013
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