He was born April 23, 1935, at Franklin, Nebraska. He received his education at Franklin before the family moved to McCook.
On Dec. 13, 1953, Elden and Carol Nitsch were married, to this union a son, Gregory, and daughter, Kristi were born.
Elden married Maxine Jones on Oct. 27, 1988. He was employed at the McCook Packing Plant for 27 years, and worked for Roger Goltl drywall, Plaster and Stucco, drove Dash About shuttle east to Omaha three days a week for two and a half years, and also worked at Mac's Drive Inn until he retired.
In the 1960s he coached midget league baseball, then in the 70s and early 80s, Elden loved working with youth. Being a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts was a very important part of his life. To shape and mold these boys lives meant so much to him. Taking the boys on camp-outs and yearly trips to Camp Opal Springs was very important to him.
Another important part of his life was following the boys and girls sporting events. He went to every football, basketball, and baseball game that he could. He loved to encourage the players to "do their best." He told them how proud he was of them. He also loved to witness to the players and the fans. He would tell his testimony to anyone who would listen. He felt his purpose in this life was to lead as many people as he could to the Lord.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Armon and Lucile, his brother, Elven at 18-months-old, his first wife Carol on June 7, 1981, a step-daughter, Teresa Miller on Oct. 16, 1997, brother-in-law, Delbert "Deb" Chilston, brother-in-law, Glen Brumbaugh, stepson-in-law, Orville Short, and step-grandson, Logan Richards.
Elden is survived by his wife, Maxine, his son, Gregory Fuller of Rifle, Colorado and granddaughter, Renee' Zehr and husband, Will of Rifle, Colorado, his daughter, Kristi and husband, Terle Slansky and grandson, Zachary of Kearney, Nebraska, his brother Arlen and wife, Annie Fuller of Hastings, Nebraska, his sister, Darlene Brumbaugh of Guide Rock, Nebraska, his sister-in-law, Lea Chilston of Cottonwood, Arizona, his step-daughter, Letty and husband, Tom Richards of McCook, Nebraska, stepdaughter Janice Short of North Platte, Nebraska; eight step grandchildren and nine step-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Then a big church family and a great number of Bison girls and boys and their parents.
Visitation will be at Herrmann Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, until time of service.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at the Herrmann Memorial Chapel in McCook, with Pastor Eddie McElhannon officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook. Memorials may be given in his name and left at the funeral home.
Herrman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.