Elbert W. Craven, Jr., 100, of Warsaw, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Bothwell Regional Care Center in Sedalia. He was born Oct. 27, 1912, in Millville, the son of Elbert W. and Barbara Geneva Craven.
His early childhood was spent in Millville and later in Ray County. He graduated from Richmond High School.
He was married to Emily Hicks and unto this union, two daughters were born. They lived in Richmond, where he operated See and Craven Propane for several years. Most of their married life was spent in Ray County. Emily preceded him in death in December of 1986.
Elbert owned and operated the Hardin Hardware Store in Hardin, Missouri before retiring and moving to Warsaw in 1974.
Jan. 1, 1988, He was united in marriage to Pearl Rolfs at the Edwards Methodist Church. They continued to make their home in Warsaw. Pearl preceded him in death March 13, 2002.
Elbert was the oldest member of the First United Methodist Church of Warsaw. He was a mason and was a past Lion Club member.
He is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Waggoner, of Olathe, Kan. and Barbara Montgomery of Big Lake, Ala., two step-daughters, Nadine Robinson and Corrine Moulton, both of Grandview, five grandchildren, one step-grandson, several great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Elbert Craven will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, in the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m., Friday at Richmond Memory Gardens in Richmond.
Memorials may be made to the Warsaw Senior Center in care of the Reser Funeral Home, P.O. Box 910, Warsaw, MO 65355.