In Memory

Clyde Elder

from the Winfield Daily Courier:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clyde Richard Elder, 61, St. Joseph, Mo., passed away Oct. 15, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice Center.

Farewell services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McCarthy Baptist Church, 2710 S. Belt Hwy, St. Joseph, Mo. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Winfield on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The family will gather with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials may be made to Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly, 9463 MO-190, Chillicothe, Mo., 64601. An online guest book and obituary may be viewed at

Clyde was born Jan. 1, 1954, in Carthage, Mo., to John William and Bette Jean (Ellis) Elder, Sr., who preceded him in death. Clyde was a graduate of Winfield High School, Southwest Baptist College (now University), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

On Jan. 10, 1976, Clyde was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Muriel Ann Houghton, who survives the home. To this union they were blessed with three children: daughter Andrea (Dallas) Denison, Ft. Gibson, Okla., son Nathaniel (Diane) Elder of Wentzville, Mo. and daughter Jessica (Shaun) Agnew of St. Joseph. Mo.; and four grandchildren, Ashton and Everly Elder and Jackson and Abigail Denison, all who survive him.

Clyde had served as the director of missions for the St. Joseph Baptist Association since 1996. He was a devoted member of McCarthy Baptist Church and served churches throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Clyde actively served the Missouri Baptist Convention as a consultant and member of numerous committees. One of his greatest honors was to serve as a trustee for Southwest Baptist University.

Other survivors include brothers John (Cheryl) Elder, Jr. and Charles (Anne) Elder; sister Jana Elder; uncles Bill Elder and Bill Schellhorn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.