He served and retired with 20-plus years in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, First Class. He married Harriet Huffman in 1954.
Elmer is survived by two sons, Dusty (Brenda) of Saucier, Miss., and Rocky (Michelle) of Oak Harbor, Wash;. two daughters, Sandie (William) Lain from Abilene, Texas and Star Eggebrecht from Concrete, Wash.; an older brother, Ervin (Sandy), from Renton,Wash.; two younger sisters, Betty (Charles) Smith of Corinth, Miss., and Ella Mae (Charles) Bates of Golden Valley, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Interment will take place at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Anacortes, Wash.