Michael Ralph Elder

Born: Thu., Apr. 8, 1943
Died: Fri., Apr. 1, 2011

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Michael R. "Mike" Elder – a resident of Pendleton died suddenly at his home, on Friday, April 1, 2011. He was 67 years old. A Celebration of Life service for family and friends will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Pendleton VFW Hall located at 1221 SE Court Place in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Mike Elder may be made to the VFW Let'Er Buck Post 922, and may be made directly, or sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Michael was born on April 8, 1943 in Pendleton, Oregon, to Ralph and Shirley Sloan Elder. He was raised in Eastern Oregon and educated in Pendleton. At the age of 18, Michael enlisted into the United States Navy. He served his country for 4 years, and was honorably discharged from duty in 1966. Following his military service, Mike moved back to Pendleton. He later began working as a firefighter and paramedic for the Pendleton Fire Department. He had been a member of the Pendleton Fire Department for twenty-five years when he retired in 1993. On July 24, 1977 Michael married Christie Ness in Reno, Nevada. The couple had resided in Pendleton. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Let'Er Buck Post 922. Mike's hobbies included coin collecting and old cars, especially his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. He loved the outdoors, camping and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling, and gambling, and he and his wife went regularly to Los Vegas, Nevada. He was a man who truely loved life. Mr. Elder is survived by his wife Christie Elder, at the home in Pendleton, daughters Charlene Miltenberger of Pendleton, OR, and Lora Ness of Salem, OR, son Michael Elder of Texas, as well as 4 grandchildren, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother.

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