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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Doug & Tessa Bass
   Posted Tue April 05, 2011
We are so sorry for your lost, and you in our thoughts and prayers. Doug & Tessa

Ken and Kelly Warner
   Posted Tue April 05, 2011
We were deeply saddened to hear of Mikes' passing. Our condolences to his family. We are really going to miss him.

Charles Pettit
   Posted Tue April 05, 2011
I am very saddened by your loss. I went to high school with Mike, and we were friends after his military service. I haven't seen him since his retirement, but I have thought about him a lot

Arne L. Swanson
   Posted Tue April 05, 2011
Dear Christie and family, We were saddened to hear of Mike's sudden passing. We hope that only the fondest memories sustain you and your family during this difficult time. I have wonderful memories of Mike and his quick wit. He was a man of integrity and honesty. His service to his community will always be appreciated by many. There IS a Heaven and I believe he's up there now hopefully laughing like heck! Our sympathies,

   Posted Tue April 05, 2011
I always remember my Uncle Mike poking me in the tummy and asking if I was ticklish! He would also give me good advice about my cars, especially the POS Buick I had when the heater core went out. I will never forget how free of a spirit Uncle had and I really saw that when sitting on the porch of my grandma Ness's house on 17th when Mike would ride by in his corvette. You are very loved and missed for sure Uncle Mike. Love you Mandy...

   Posted Wed April 06, 2011
Uncle Mike was a great man that cared deeply for his family and friends. I, as well as the rest of the family, will miss him. I will always remember the great shoulder rubs I would get when he was around. I know you are watching over us and we will see you on the other side when it is time.

Kevin Coleman
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
Chris, my sincere condolences to you & your family for your loss. May you find hope & healing as you look to each other & lean on the Lord for strength. Kevin & Robbin Coleman

Herb Bitting
   Posted Fri April 08, 2011
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Michael Elder
   Posted Sun April 10, 2011
Wish we could have been there. Rest in Peace. Wish things could have been different dad.

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