James “Fred” Fredrick Elder, 55, of Greentop, Missouri, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Friday, March 26, 2021, at his home.
On March 3, 1966, in Decatur, Illinois, Fred was born the son of William T. Elder and Virkita J. Elder Fleshner (Feist). He was united in marriage to Lisa Cox on March 30, 1991, in Downing, Missouri, who survives.
Fred is also survived by one son, Jared Adams (Whitney); four daughters, Kendra Montgomery (Kyle), Angel Willard (Chris), Jamie Elder (David), Virkita Thomas (Randy); three brothers, Ted Elder (Marla) of Greentop, Missouri, Ed Elder of Downing, Missouri, and J.J. Fleshner (Tonya) of Downing, Missouri; and seventeen grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Fred graduated from Schuyler County Schools. He was employed with Johns Seed and Supply, Schuyler County Road and Bridge, Golden Furrow/CPS, and with Moberly Area Community College, until his health failed.
Fred was a member of Queen City Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and later in life, riding his motorcycle. Most of all, he loved being with his family.
Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, Missouri, with Pastor Ralph Wheeler, presiding. Interment followed the service in the Fort Madison Cemetery.
A public visitation was held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Kyle Crowley, Randy Thomas, David Parish, Ted Elder, Ed Elder, and J.J. Fleshner.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.