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Chester D. "Chet" Elder

August 18, 1931 — December 7, 2021

Chester Devon “Chet” Elder, 90, of Syracuse, IN passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his home. He was born on August 18, 1931 in Ora, IN to Doyle Devon & Fern Leona (Freet) Elder.

He grew up in Stark County, attended Obor public schools, and moved to the Syracuse area 53 years ago. He was a United States Korean War veteran and was married on July 3, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to Sandra K. (Weldy) Smith who survives. He was the owner / operator of Custom Construction in Syracuse and former owner / operator of Elder Real Estate in Syracuse.

He attended the Calvary United Methodist Church in Syracuse.

He is survived by:

Wife – Sandra Elder of Syracuse

5 Daughters – Marjorie Ann (Michael) Gierlowski of Plymouth, Doris Louise (Bob) Phab of Davis Junction, IL, Fern Elizabeth (Gordon) Hostetler of Walkerton, Lori Christine Forsythe of Knox, and Shelly (Jeff) Higginbotham of Syracuse

5 Sons – William Doyle (Mary Lou) Elder of Georgia, Kenneth Lee (Becky) Elder of Walkerton, James Gordon (Debbie) Elder of Knox, Chris (Ashley) Elder of Syracuse, and Daniel Smith of Syracuse

Stepson – Roger Smith of Syracuse

32 Grand, 67 Gt. Grand, and 10 Gt. Gt. Grandchildren

Brother - Dennis Elder

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons – Chester Elder Jr. & Michael Elder, 3 sisters – Margaret Waters, Ruth Keller, and Lois Drane, and 2 brothers – George & Joseph Elder.

Cremation will take place at Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, 4356 N. St. Rd. 15, Warsaw, IN. Visitation will be from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Memorial services will follow at 12:00 Noon on Saturday in the funeral home with Chaplain Lois Tomayo officiating. Private family burial will take place in the Lerch Cemetery near Knox, IN at a later date.

Preferred memorials may be given to the Goshen Home Care & Hospice, 1147 Professional Dr., Goshen, IN 46526.

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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