Kenneth Elder, 86, of Baldwin City, KS died Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, KS.
He was born May 26, 1934 in Franklin County, Kansas the ninth of fourteen children of Thomas L. Elder and Ella Faye (McClellan) Elder.
He was married October 18, 1953 to Carolyn Gorton and from that union came three children. Carolyn preceded Kenneth in death on May 10, 1994.
Kenneth later married Rosann Carpenter and they shared 25 wonderful years together.
Kenneth was a man of many talents which was reflected in the jobs he held. He worked construction, ran the Baldwin Locker plant, and also worked at Kring Flooring and Bud Jennings Flooring. After retiring, he worked for the Baldwin Golf Association and Maintenance at Hancuff Apartments. Kenneth took great pride in his yard and was awarded “Yard of the Week” in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Ella Elder; his wife, Carolyn Elder; 5 brothers, Lindsey Elder, James Elder, Thomas Elder Jr, Donald Elder, and Jack Elder; and 3 sisters, Edith McCuley, Grace Elder and Elizabeth Taylor.
He is survived by his wife, Rosann Elder; 2 brothers, Richard Elder and Carl Elder; 3 sisters, Shirley Elder, Rhoda J Currant and Margaret Bischoff; 2 sons, Doug Elder and his wife Diane and Dan Elder and his wife Robyn; a daughter, Diana Whaley and her husband Roger; 2 stepsons, Rick Carpenter and his wife Kim and Bob Carpenter and his wife LeAnn; two stepdaughters, Robin Jones and her husband Max and Shelia Brecheisen and her husband Lynn; 8 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
To celebrate Kenneth’s life, a graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Oakwood Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on the Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home Facebook page for friends wanting to participate virtually. Following the graveside a Celebration of Life will be held at Dan and Robyn Elder’s house, 1896 N 250 Rd., Baldwin City, all friends and family are welcome. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and sent c/o Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.
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