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Grant Elder

April 30, 1946 — August 8, 2013

D. Grant Elder, 67, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

He was born April 30, 1946, in Arkansas City, Kansas, the son of A. Lee Elder and Duana Berneice Grant Elder. He attended schools in Ark City, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1964. Shortly after graduating, Grant joined the Kansas Army National Guard, transferring to the California Army National Guard after moving to California in 1967. While in California, he met and married Marie Diane Powers in 1968. They divorced in 2007.

After graduating from the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, Grant returned to Arkansas City in 1973 to join his grandmother, Bernice Grant, and his mother, Duana Elder, in the family owned Grant-Elder Funeral Home, which his grandfather, C.D. Grant, had founded in 1922. Grant became the owner of the business until it closed in August, 1982.

While living in Arkansas City, Grant was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served on several committees. He was an active member of the Ark City Jaycees, Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, Tiger Booster Club, A.C. Industries, DeMolay, Crescent Lodge #133, A.F. & A.M., and Albert Pike Lodge Scottish Rite Consistory of Wichita. Grant had also been a member of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association, for which he had served as a district officer.

Grant and his family moved to Wichita in September, 1982, where he worked for Cochran Mortuary, Downing & Lahey Mortuary, and ServiceMaster. After retiring, he worked at Box Central, owned by a younger brother, Clifford.

Survivors include his daughters, Jennifer Lynn Follmer (C.J.) of St. Louis, MO, and Christina Marie Gonzalez (Nick) of Lansing, KS; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Karlie, and Micah Follmer, and Alec Gonzalez; brothers Roderic Elder of Manhattan, KS, and Clifford Elder (Sherilyn) of Park City, KS; sister Leanna Elder Tyler of Arkansas City, KS; 5 nephews and 1 niece.

Grant is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wilbur.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 30th, 2013 in the Chapel of Memorial Lawn Cemetery near Arkansas City, Kansas.

The family will visit with friends prior the services at 1:00 P.M.

A memorial has been established with Compassion International, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, KS.
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