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Edward Henry “Eddie” Elders

Edward Henry “Eddie” Elders, 81, of Thatcher, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born July 4, 1936, in McLean Illinois, the son of Everett Henry and Opal (Keel) Elders.

After graduation from Fredericktown High School in 1955, Mr. Elders joined the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 to 1959, serving part of his tour in Japan. He met Mary Ann Miller, also of Fredericktown, at the local Dairy Queen in the summer of 1960. They dated about six weeks and were married August 20, 1960. Ed and Mary Ann were married for 47 and half years before she died in 2008.

Also preceding Mr. Elders in death were his parents and his daughter Tamara Sue “Tammy” (Elders) Norwood.

Mr. Elders is survived by his son Edward Dwayne (Carol) Elders of Thatcher, Arizona; son-in-law Doug Norwood of Phoenix; grandchildren Joshua Jones, Tony (Nancy) Jones, Jon Jones, Kailee (Mitch) Jacquez, Bradley Elders and Jarrett Elders; great grandchildren Zachary and Ethan Jones, Elijah Jones, Tyce Jacquez, Creo Jacquez, Tyler Elders, Audrey Jones, and Nova Jacquez; sisters June (Gene) Turnbeaugh-Lewis of St. Louis, Geneva (Lee Gale) Royer of Fredericktown, and Carla Noe of Sioux Falls, North Dakota; brothers Gary (Michelle) Elders of Ste. Genevieve and Lyman Elders of Fredericktown; and many nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Eddie was a driller for most of his life and a driver of huge trucks while living in Arizona. He started out drilling water wells, working for his father.

Throughout his whole life, Ed supported those in need around him. He always helped out quietly, never wanting to make a big to-do about it. He had a wonderful sense of humor and had a habit of giving nicknames to those he loved. He did enjoy flying as long as he was the pilot, so he worked to get his pilot’s license. He enjoyed taking friends and family flying. He hated it when his health declined, and he was unable to renew his license.

Some of the other hobbies Ed enjoyed were fishing, golfing, going to the casino, and watching baseball or football. If there was a game on, you could usually find him watching it on TV. He also liked to read.

A memorial service was held April 4, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Thatcher. Arrangements were handled by McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel in Safford, Arizona. Locally, graveside services were April 11, 2018, at Revelle Cemetery.

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