Christopher W. Elbrecht

Christopher William Elbrecht

Age 43, Cicero, IN and formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Methodist Hospital at Indianapolis from injuries in an accident on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

He was born September 6, 1969 at Rochester, NY to Karyl Anne Kelley and William Jaranowski.

He graduated from Carroll High School at Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1988. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a dream, he set out to make his way in the world on his terms and did just that. Shortly after moving to Cicero in 1997 he started Elbrecht Concrete. His signature company would become a major force in the local concrete industry.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, April (Zeidler) Elbrecht; five children: Katie (Tanner) Hartley, Colton Zachary Elbrecht, Tyler Anderson, Christopher Steven Elbrecht and Kennedy Anne Elbrecht, granddaughter: Kathryn Hartley, mother: Karyl Anne Elbrecht of Bonita Springs, FL, father: William Jaranowski of Webster, NY, brothers: Jay Elbrecht of Indianapolis, IN, Ryan Elbrecht of Florida, Aaron Jaranowski, Joshua Jaranowski and Derik Plaistead, all of Webster, NY.

Preceding him in death is a brother: Zachary Russell Elbrecht and his father: Steven William Elbrecht.

Chris, as he was affectionately known, lived by the philosophy that it was more about the life in your years than the years in your life. He packed in a lifetime, and then some into his 43 years. He was self-made with an unwavering work ethic, fearless soul, and a caring heart. Family was the core of his existence and his children were the highlight of his life. He touched countless lives and made a difference in everything he did. He will be forever missed but never forgotten as his indelible spirit lives on in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 10, 2012 at Arcadia Christian Church, 26901 North State Road 19, Arcadia, IN, 46030 with Pastor J.R. Moffatt officiating. Burial will follow at the Cicero Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. also at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherish Center, c/o Hartley Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 407, Cicero, IN 46034. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes where you may share a memory or send condolences at /http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com/.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 7, 2012