Served in the U.S. Coast Guard

Sam Elwell, born as Francis W. Elwell, age 93, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Excelsior Springs Convalescent Home.  He was born March 1, 1920, in Knob Noster, Missouri, a son of the late Cornelius and Viola Hughes Elwell.

 He was united in marriage to Ursula Jacklovich, who preceded him in death.  On June 22, 1996, at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, he was united in marriage to Alleta Caster, who survives the home.

Sam was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, having served in World War II.

 He was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber in Des Moines, Iowa as a supervisor for many years until his retirement.

 Sam was a member of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, the Masonic Lodge in Des Moines, Iowa, served as the Exalted Ruler for the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie and was a member of the American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach. 

 He enjoyed music and was a talented guitar player.  He was also an avid golfer and a wonderful husband.

 In addition to his wife, Alleta, he is survived by his daughters, Viola Bathey of Des Moines, Iowa, Deborah Ballard and husband Ronald of Altoona, Iowa and Marsha Tucker of Kansas City, Missouri; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John Elwell and Walt Elwell.

 Funeral and Elks services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13th, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel with Reverend Rick White officiating.  Graveside services and interment with full military honors will follow in the Garber Memorial Estates Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie.  Expressions of sympathy may be left online at  Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.