Gregory "Greg" Elder

Gregory “Greg” Elder was born on April 10, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York.  He was one of three children born to the union of John Thomas Elder and Mary Frances (Cobbs) Elder.   Greg attended Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio graduating with the class of 1971. 

On July 11, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the “We Have Only Just Begun” Wedding Chapel Greg would marry the love of his life, Karen Vandercook.  For many years, Greg worked as a cook at Brenda’s Family Dining in Temperance.   He was a fabulous cook making everything he touched with love.   Greg enjoyed making hamburgers and breakfast burritos but was best known for preparing the most decadent turkey and roast that anyone had ever eaten.  He liked eating Butterfinger candy bars and watermelon baskets.   Greg enjoyed shopping at Kroger where he was a frequent fixture and enjoyed gossiping with strangers. 

A devoted man of God, he visited “The Barn” on Geiger Road every Tuesday and Saturday night to attend Bible study.  He could often be heard reading scripture or singing his favorite worship songs in the church choir, his favorite hymn being, “Are You Washed in the Blood”.  Greg was a devoted family man who loved his family and put the needs of others ahead of his own.   He strived each day to make those around him happy.

Gregory “Greg” Elder, age 71, passed away on Sunday; July 24, 2022 at Beaumont Hospital Trenton.  His passing was preceded by his parents:  John and Mary Elder and his sister:  Dollie Matthews.

To cherish Greg’s memory he leaves behind his loving wife of twenty-five years:  Karen Elder of Newport; four sons:  Anthony Hodges of Atlanta, Georgia, Ricky (Jerri) Mills of Tecumseh, Michigan, Jeremy Jason Wylie of Newport, Michigan, and Robert Randall Wylie of Monroe; his twin brother:  Phil Elder of Toledo, Ohio; twelve grandchildren:  Leah Patricia Wylie, Zachary Alexander Renaud, Isaac James Wylie, Dominic Joseph Wylie, Zoe Andrea Bray, Brooke (Jason) Seifker, Ricky Mills Jr., Kaitlin (Jeremiah) Fain, Brea Vore, Kegan Manly, Kierra Manly, and Tessa Manly; fourteen great grandchildren.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Sunday; August 7, 2022 at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185.   A Celebration of Greg’s Life will be held at 1:00pm on Monday; August 8, 2022 also at Merkle’s with Pastor Harold Raymond of Dundee Baptist Church officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for bural.  

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