Rev. Gordon Elrick (1938 - 2014)

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Rev. Gordon Elrick


Rev. Gordon Elrick of Legacy Pointe, Waukee, Iowa where he lived with his wife of 52 years, Lucy Elrick, passed away February 23, 2014.

Gordon George Elrick was born August 13, 1938 in Buffalo, New York to Charles and Janet Elrick, originally from Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up in Rocky River, Ohio where he graduated from high school. He attended college, graduate school, and seminary in Tennessee, where he also served as a pastor. He was Director of Christian Education in Illinois, Wisconsin, and in Red Oak, Iowa. He then served as pastor in the following Iowa communities: Letts, High Prairie, Huxley, Cambridge, Lake View, Wall Lake, Sutherland, and Larrabee, before retiring from Creston in 2001.

Gordon volunteered as a Cub Scout Master, Boy Scout Master, volunteer fire fighter, and as a driver for VA hospital patients. He was president of Kiwanis Club and a member of Optimist and Lion's Clubs. He was a member and chairperson of committees of the Iowa United Methodist Conference. Gordon enjoyed photography, reading, golf and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy; daughter, Becky Bryan of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Doug, and wife, Lori of Grimes, Iowa; grandson, Andrew Elrick; granddaughters, Kayley Elrick, Sara Elrick, and Lindsey Bryan; brother-in-law, Bill Nichols; and nephews, Thom and David Nichols. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Janet Nichols.

Services will be held at Valley United Methodist Church, 4201 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Refreshments will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to the Valley United Methodist Church or to the Bidwell Community Center in Des Moines. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Des Moines Register from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2014
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