- April 14, 1948 - September 27, 2013
- Fomerly of Flint and Harrison, Michigan
of Alvin's Passing
- Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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ELDER, ALVIN D., formerly of Flint and Harrison, MI accepted his eternal and glorious reward on September 27, 2013, having completed a strong and stouthearted race here on Earth. The son of the late Alvin Paul and Mary (Martz) Elder was born in Flint, MI on April 14, 1948. Al retired from Buick City in Flint having faithfully, fiercely and sometimes forcibly defended his union brothers and sisters of Local 599 of the UAW as their dutiful representative. A strong-willed individual, Al was a devout union man who believed in his country and the working man's place in it.
A decorated combat veteran of Viet Nam, Al volunteered to serve his nation and did so bravely with the 101st Airborne Division in the A Shau Valley in 1969-70. Al was a lover of field and stream, pursuits taught him by his father Alvin and beloved grandfather Luther. Al was happiest and most content with a rod or gun in his hands. God's outdoors were his true Church.
Al's deepest pride and devotion were reserved for his family, of whom he thought constantly. A faithful husband, he is survived by his wife Grace who has been his constant companion and confidante for more than 44 years. He is also survived by his son Brian (Susan) who is ever thankful for his Pop's lessons on dependability, intestinal fortitude and the value of a man's word. His grandchildren Brian, Daniel and Johanna were a source of unending joy and pride. Summer visits spent fishing, hunting trips with Brian and Daniel and eating bad food for Men Camping set his calendar in his later years. He is also survived by brothers and sisters in law and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral Liturgy will be on Monday, September 30, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Dale Orlik will preside. The Committal Service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Crestwood Memorial Cemetery in Grand Blanc with Military Honors. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.