Guy Everett Elder, III passed away March 11, 2020.
Born March 25, 1942 in Denver, CO to Helen Gertrude (Broyles) and Guy Everett Elder Jr. Guy is the 4th of 5 children raised by his father and stepmother Alice (Paulsen) Elder. The family moved to Akron, CO in 1957 where Guy graduated from Akron High School in 1961.
He served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1965 stationed in Reykjavik, Iceland and then aboard the USS Gainard (DD 706) stationed in Newport, RI. While in Newport he met Nancy (Holland) who was a student nurse in New Bedford, MA. They were married July 1, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Pocasset, MA. They moved back to Akron, CO in 1968 and to Greeley in 1969 when Guy went to work for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph.
As the father of 3 sons, Guy was very active in Cub Scouts, serving as Cubmaster for Pack 247 and director of Cub Scout Day Camp (Akela Days) receiving the Bronze Pelican Award for his contribution to youth. Guy retired from Qwest Communications in 2005 after 35 years with the telephone company. His pride is evidenced in his collection of historic telephone related equipment which has been donated in his name to the Telecommunications museums in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA.
Guy and Nancy began traveling after the boys graduated from high school, road tripping from coast to coast, exploring and visiting friends and family across the country.
He is survived by his wife Nancy; their 3 sons: Guy IV (Karen) of Seattle, WA; Mike (Sherri) of Greeley, CO; and David (Larry Washington) of Tucson, AZ; 6 grandchildren: Roxane and Guy V of Seattle, WA; Tristin and Tanner of Greeley, CO; and Nick and Lily of CA; 2 sisters Barbara (Carl) Hoffman of Canyon City, CO; Rebecca (Bill) Matthews of Niceville, FL; and sister-in-law Betty Elder of Arvada, CO. He is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Richard Elder of Westminster, CO. and Dallas Elder of Arvada, CO. His remains will be buried in the National Cemetery at Bourne, MA.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Adamson. Life Celebration 1 p.m. Wednesday at Adamson Life Celebration Home with a reception to follow. Memorial gifts may be made in his name to the “Alzheimer’s Association” Greeley, CO Chapter in care of Adamson, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.