Arthur James Elder
Arthur James Elder age 91 was born in Taney County, MO on February 3, 1929 and departed this life on April 13, 2020.
Arthur was a lifelong resident of the Reeds Spring area. He was a member of the Laborers’ Union of Springfield and worked as a heavy construction worker on road crews.
He was a member of the NRA and the Trappers Association. With a love of the outdoors he was a “legend” as an avid hunter and trapper. Arthur loved to mentor and teach the younger generation all about hunting and trapping, encouraging them to keep up these traditions.
Arthur and his wife, Truda loved Bluegrass music and years ago would often load up and meet friends at Bluegrass Festivals.
When not out in the woods he could often be found at Dinky’s Diner drinking coffee and swapping stories.
Arthur is preceded in death by his parents, William “Bill” Elder and Pearl (Brown) Little; one son, Howard Roy Elder; one grandson, Richard Preston Elder; one granddaughter, Melissa Sheridan; five brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Truda Reva (Tennison) Elder; two sons, Randy Joe Elder and wife, Norma and Dwight James Elder and wife, Marsha, both couples of Reeds Springs, MO; one sister, Norma Phillips of Scappose, OR; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 9 great great grandchildren.
Arthur (aka Pops) to those closest to him leaves behind a host of beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Graveside service for Arthur will be held Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Eisenhour Cemetery Spokane, MO at 2:00 p.m. with Tom Potter officiating. The family requests memorial donations be made to the Parkinson Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO.