Garland Eugene "Gene" Elder
ELDER, GARLAND EUGENE "GENE" entered into eternal life on June 6, 2013.
He was born April 14, 1925 in Breckinridge County and lived most of his life in Jeffersontown. He retired from DuPont in 1986 with over 34 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed part-time jobs with Hammond Trucking Company, Knapp Shoe Store, and the Jeffersontown Hardware Store. He was a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Gene was a charter member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was the first Parish Council Chairman under the auspices of Reverend Chas. B. McCauley. Gene was a devoted Minister of the Eucharist and was a member of the "3M" Club.
Gene was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Mary Frances (Wheatley) Elder; his parents, John R. and Viola Elder; and his sister, Anna H. Lattus.
He is survived by his son, David Elder (Debra) of Hammond, LA; daughter, Mary A. Elder, and beloved granddaughters, Christine Elder (Steven A. Cox, fiance') and Sarah Elder. Also surviving are his brothers, John F. Elder (Winnie) and Charles D. Elder, and his sisters, Sister Mary Naomi Elder, SCN, and Margaret Wheatley (Robert). He also leaves five nieces and 10 nephews. The family extends special thanks for care delivered by Sherry and Larry Edlin, Jill Edwards, Home Instead (Mia Seitz, Kim Little), Horizon Bay (Fonda Jewell) and the St. Michael Ministers of Care. The family also thanks Drs. Haney and Morgan and the staff at the Forum at Brookside, Dr. Lawrence Rueff, Dr. Nicholas Meiers, CardioVascular Associates and Hosparus of Louisville.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, St. Edward Catholic Church, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, with burial to follow at St. Edward Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, 2-8 p.m. at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home Jeffersontown, 10600 Taylorsville Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's name may be made to the St. Michael Building Fund, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, at his request.
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