Archive for Wednesday, June 8, 1994


June 8, 1994


— Services for retired Lt. Col. William C. "Bill" Elbrader, 77, Lawrence, were held May 9 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Tony Gattis officiating. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Grantville Cemetery in Grantville.

Mr. Elbrader died May 5, 1994, in Lawrence after a long illness.

He was born Aug. 4, 1916, in Topeka, the son of Lemuel Y. and Martha Massey Elbrader. He grew up in the Grantville community east of Topeka.

Mr. Elbrader joined the Kansas National Guard in Topeka in 1935 and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1940. He went to Little Rock, Ark., with the 60th Field Artillery Brigade, 35th Division. He then was with the 161st Field Artillery Regiment, 35th Division, at Fort Ord, Calif.

During World War II, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands with the 203rd Field Artillery and was an instructor for the Communications School at Fort Sill, Okla.

He graduated from Kansas University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in business and economics. He was recalled from the Reserves back into service in 1951. He was stationed at Hanau, Germany, for three years with the 20th Field Artillery Brigade of the 4th Division. He was a communications instructor with the headquarters there and also taught four years at Fort Sill, Okla. He also was with the 55th Field Artillery anti-aircraft missile batallion at Fort Sill.

He later became a military adviser to the 7th Regiment, Royal Thai Army, from 1960-62. He then was with the Army Security Agency at Arlington Hall, Va., before retiring in 1965.

Following his retirement, he was employed by Technical Operations Inc. & Booz-Allen at Fort Lee, Va., and Fort Leavenworth from 1965-72. He was administrator of the Jaystork project at Kansas University Medical Center from 1975-82.

He was a member of the Methodist Church in Grantville, Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion, and the Jayhawk chapter of the Retired Officers Assn. He was a ham radio operator for more than 60 years.

He married Ruth "Nancy" Nance Leone on Oct. 14, 1945, at Fort Sill, Okla. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Carol Anne Smith, of the home.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Smith, in 1981.

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