He was born January 10, 1930 to Frederick K. and Zona Velma Shepard Elder in Pratt, Kansas, where he spent his childhood. As a young man Fred moved to Anderson, Indiana. He worked at the Anderson Plant for General Motors until his retirement. He lived for a number of years in Anderson then moved to Muncie, Indiana. In his later years he lived in Runge and as his health declined he resided in Karnes City.
His parents, sisters Rosalyn Elder and Jessie Covey Wood preceded him in death.
Survivors include nieces and nephews: Katy West (husband Clarence); Forrest Covey (wife Linda); Johnny Covey (wife Emma); Betty Plant; and Cherry McCarrell (husband Ronnie). He also has several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held by Rhodes Funeral Home, Inc. Internment is in the Caraway Cemetery in Leesville at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Rhodes Funeral Home.