OBITUARY: Richard Kent Elbert

Richard Kent Elbert

Richard Kent Elbert, 74, of Springfield, Mo., passed from this life Oct 26, 2021. He was born Sept 7, 1947, in McPherson, to Paul and Blanch (Rodelander) Elbert.  Richard graduated from McPherson High School in McPherson and Salt City Business College in Hutchinson.  He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. During his career, Richard worked for Rainbo Bread/Colonial Bakery and later for C-2 Projects/Ewing Signal Construction.  Richard was a member of the VFW and Henderson No 477 AF & AM.  He was an excellent player at baseball, basketball and bowling. He enjoyed fishing, camping, tournament fishing, mentoring youth fishing, but most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends. Above all his talents, Richard was an exceptional husband, loving father, grandfather, and brother.  He will be deeply missed.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dustin Elbert and three grandsons, Weston Elbert, Jaymie Elo and J.R. McDaniel.  He is survived by his wife, Linda (Fry) Elbert of the home; sons Troy Elbert and wife Chrissy; Chad Frasher, Tony Frasher and wife Kerry, all of St Joseph, Mo.; daughters, Chelsie Fowler and husband Gabe of Turon, Tara Hood and husband, Jim of St Joseph; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Bruce Elbert and wife Marlys of McPherson; nieces and nephews; his furbaby, Mandy and many friends.

Graveside services were held Oct. 30, at Memorial Park Cemetery, in St Joseph, Mo.  In place of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or charity of donor’s choice.

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