Mitchell L. Elder — UPDATED
Mitchell L. Elder, 56, passed away due to complications from a stroke at 4:20 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born in Warsaw on Sept. 28, 1966, to Max Loren and Violet May “Maize” (Steele) Elder. He attended Whitko High School.
Mitch had known Janie Kline Wyman for close to a decade and would make her his fiancée.
He was a self-taught welder and machinist for 40 years, working for Lake Tool and Die in Syracuse. Mitch also taught his boys about welding when they were little.
He was a diehard country music fan, loved fireworks, enjoyed his morning coffee and could be found watching “Stargate Atlantis” and “Smallville” with his dog, Maggie, on his lap. He was a member of the Pierceton Shuffleboard League and enjoyed playing pool. Mitch served as past president and treasurer for the American Legion Post 258 Sons of the Legion, as well as being a lifetime member.
Mitch loved being with his grandchildren. He enjoyed life, a good bonfire and a cold Miller Lite. He would help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. Mitch had a huge personality and was loved by his town of Pierceton.
He is survived by his fiancée, Janie; his sons, Tyler (Brittni) Elder, of Warsaw, and Trent Elder, of Pierceton; his father, Max Elder, of Pierceton; his grandchildren, Loren, Mason, Bryson, Addison and Avery; and brothers, Max (Lisa), Mike and Tony (Nicole), all of Pierceton.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
The family and friends of Mitch Elder welcome you to a Celebration of Life dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the upstairs of the American Legion 258, 104 N. First St., Pierceton. Meat will be provided; if you would like to contribute a side dish, please let family know. Also please bring your favorite pictures with Mitch displayed on a poster board to share with everyone!
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lighthouse Autism Center – Warsaw, 1535 Provident Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the website: www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.