Thomas Calvin "Cal" Elder

Cal Elder passed away February 2nd in Manitou Springs, Colorado, after a long and fruitful life. He was born on July 6, 1926, in Wichita, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Lenore Carson Elder and Emil Elder. He attended Wichita public schools and graduated from Kansas State University in 1949. Cal Served in World War II in the 631st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He never talked much about the War. He was proud of the months he served as a Security Guard at General Patton's 3rd Army Headquarters in Germany. Cal married Donna Flo Gifford in 1947 and they raised four children, Eric Yale, Mark Emil, Rebecca Sue "Becky", and Thomas Calvin, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna, his four children, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and his brother James Dale Elder. Cal's business career was in the insurance field. He was with Hartford Fire Insurance Company and founded several insurance agencies. He served in leadership positions of various organizations, including the Church in the Wildwood, the Woodland Park Planning Commission, Teller County Commissioners, and a host of other community organizations. He enjoyed working with people to get things done, including, when he was a Teller County Commissioner, special joy in helping save open space in Teller County as a camp for the Catamount Institute. Cal Elder was a gentleman, a gentle man, a man of great courage, patience, and compassion. A memorial service for Cal will be held on Saturday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 North 20th Street, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift would be welcomed at Westside Cares, 1930 West Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.

Published in The Gazette from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013