Due to technical difficulties, Gary's livestream is unable to be viewed at this time. The full funeral service is being recorded, and will be uploaded following the service.
Funeral Service Part One: https://youtu.be/24egCBNI98E
Funeral Service Part Two: https://youtu.be/PsKxjgSJWaU
Private livestreamed funeral services for Gary Lee Elder, 72, of Hebron will be 2pm Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Hebron, ND. Public Visitation will be 11 – 12:30 at the Stevenson Funeral Home Chapel in Hebron.
Please adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by the CDC and ND Department of Health. Masks are required for those attending.
Gary sadly passed away unexpectedly December 31st after a short 3-week battle with the COVID-19 virus.
Gary was a very dependable man. He was always looking out for his family, friends or his community. If help was needed, he was there. If you ever had the opportunity to ride with him in a vehicle, he was always singing along with the classic country radio or one of his favorite CD’s. Even if there wasn’t any music playing, he was tapping his fingers or humming the song that was playing in his head. Many of us know Gary as “Box” and his nickname for Paulette was “Fritz”. Most of his nieces and nephews only know them by their nicknames.
Gary was born in Hebron to Kenneth (Curly) and Lydia (Huber) on January 18, 1948. Gary graduated from Hebron High School in 1967. Gary attended auto body school after graduation. He was then drafted to the Marines on September 16, 1969 and was honorably discharged September 15, 1971. After his discharge, Gary went to work at Northern Improvement and then started 40 plus years at Hebron Farmers Elevator retiring as co-manager in May 2016.
Gary married Paulette Hausauer on May 26, 1990. They just celebrated 30 years of marriage and due to COVID-19 restrictions, Box took Fritz to the Big Boy Drive-thru in Bismarck and ate at a picnic table.
Gary was a Charter member of Broken Arrow Saddle Club and is currently the president. Gary was also a member of the American Legion Post 0100, a member of the Rolling Hills Snowmobile Club, past member of the Hebron Fire Department and a current director on the Hebron Fire Protection Board. He is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.
Gary is survived by his best friend and loving wife Paulette, 3 daughters and sons-in-law and grandchildren. Bobbie (Hakim) Elder – Jamaycia and Corey; Kathy (Troy) Kolb – Olivia, Tyler, Vincent and Gwendolyn; Kristi (Thomas) Szewczyk – Finley, Felix; Mother-in Law, Irene Hausauer; Sisters-in-law, Diane Winterroth and Sylvia Elder; Brother-in-law, Richard Rebel; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents; grandson Corey; brothers Alfred (Alma) and Clarence; sisters Isabel Rebel and Arlene (Vernon) Stading; Father-in-law, Alex Hausauer; Brother-in-law, Rex Winterroth; Nieces, Nickie Steckler, Janell Hellman and Roxanne Rebel.
Gary was loved by many and will be deeply missed but never forgotten. As Gary would say “for every mile of road there is 2 miles of ditch” and “wherever you go, there you are”.
Take care and be safe.