Birth:Aug. 5, 1910 Chickasha Grady County Oklahoma, USA Death:Feb. 9, 1999 Klamath Falls Klamath County Oregon, USA
Alton Elder, 88, a retired naval ordnance engineer, died Feb. 9, 1999. The cause of death was not provided.
He was born in Chicasha, Oklahoma to Thomas and Ivy Elder. He recieved a degree in engineering from Oklahoma State University. He worked for 35 years as a supervisory general engineer at a naval ordnace station. He worked on the team that developed the Sidewinder missile guidance mechanisms. He recieved numerous awards for patents that he developed.
He had lived in Oklahoma, Los Angeles, and China Lake, Calif., before moving to Klamath Falls in 1971. He and his wife, Mary Lee were married in 1981 in Klamath Falls.
Mr. Elder enjoyed hunting, fishing and square dancing.
Survivors include his wife, sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Sharon Elder of Sacramento, Steven and Bettina Elder of Grass Valley, grandchildren, Duane Elder of Texas, Paula Chanel Fetty of San Clemente, Calif., Misty McGlone of Grass Valley, Tamara Elder of Mission Viejo, Calif; great-grandchildren; Dillon and Devon Fetty of San Clemente, Samantha McGlone of Grass Valley, Audie, Shelby and Rikisha Elder of Texas; brothers, Jimmy Elder of Kansas and Jack Elder of Oklahoma.