In Memoriam: Mark Owen Elder

Mark Owen Elder

Mark Owen Elder, age 59, of Eaton, Ohio, died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his home after a short illness. Mark, a former CFSA Board member, was the Vice President of Sales for the Vandor Corporation and the C.J. Boots Casket Company.

Mark was born on April 24, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan, to Bruce E. and Suzanne M. Norton Elder. He graduated from the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, and attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Mark was an entrepreneur and a founder and partner of many growing businesses in Michigan and Indiana. Mark’s passions include the General Church of the New Jerusalem and many other organizations, including “TEAM” youth basketball. He enjoyed golf and coaching and playing basketball.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Julie Ann LaFuze Elder; daughters, Ashley (Will) Johnston of Virginia and Jordan (John) Sheehan of Richmond, Indiana; son, Arie (Cree) Elder of Richmond; granddaughter, Harley-Madison Rose Johnston; mother and stepfather, Suzanne and Don Cochrane; one sister; six brothers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Terry and Nancy LaFuze of Richmond; sister-in-law, Sherri (John) Fansher of Noblesville, Indiana; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends and team members.

He was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Madison Alyse; and son, Addison Kirk.

A memorial visitation for Mark Owen Elder will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Oak Arbor Church, 495 Oak Arbor Circle West, Rochester, Michigan with Rev. Derek Elphick officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Oak Arbor Church School, 495 Oak Arbor Circle West, Rochester, MI 48306.  Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at