ELBERT, Michael Howard
Passed away January 23, 2021. He is known by many names: Dad, Uncle, Bapa, Grandpa Mike. Michael was born on November 24, 1942, in Wheeling, WV, at Ohio Valley Hospital. He was born to Ouida Elbert (Eskin) and Clyde Howard "Fussy" Elbert. Ouida and Fussy raised him along with his sister, Bonnie. Michael was preceded in death (by eight days) by his wife of 53 years, Gwen Elbert (Powell) and both parents.
Michael attended Linsly Military Institute (now The Linsly School) in West Virginia, where he attended 5th through 12th grade. He went on to earn his BA in History and Political Science from Bethany college in 1965 and earned his MBA from University of Detroit in 1978. Michael was in the U.S. Army then went on to work at VW of America for 30 years and retired, with his wife, to Tucson AZ. He was an active community member and loved to sing at their local church, Saguaro Christian Church in Tucson, AZ. He was the president of the Tucson Barbershop eXperience, the culmination of a lifelong love of performing barbershop music. His thunderous laugh brought joy to all who heard it. He and Gwen hosted numerous exchange students and family friends from other nations. As a result, his life will be celebrated and his lossmourned by many.
Michael was a committed husband and father. He is survived by his sons, Andrew Michael Elbert (Alicia Garbe) and Christian Powell Elbert (Alison Ryan) and four grandchildren, Jack OwenElbert, Emmett Ronin Elbert, McKenna and Charlotte. He is also survived by his "Mexican son" Fernando Hildebrand; his "niece/daughter" Barbara Jean "BJ" Martin Madsen (Scott Madsen) and "Tucson grandsons," Seth, Parker and Ben Madsen. Michael had nine nephews, five nieces, 24 great-nieces and nephews and 15 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Donations can be made in Michael's name to: Saguaro Christian Church, Tucson, AZ or S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America). Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on May 2, 2021.