Bill M. Elzea 1922 - 2007 Lawrence
Memorial services for Bill M. Elzea, 84, Lawrence, will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Private inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Elzea died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.He was born May 22, 1922, in Council Grove, the son of Harold B. and Mildred Mitchell Elzea.He grew up in the Garnett area and was educated near Bush City in his childhood years. His family later moved to Marquette and Salina, where he graduated from Salina High School in 1940. He attended Kansas Wesleyan University through the Army Specialized Training Program and later entered the Glider Pilot program. He also attended the University of Nebraska and University of Wyoming during his military service. He moved from Manhattan to Lawrence in 1952. Mr. Elzea served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force during and after World War II. He also served in Guam.He started his printing career at Globe Imprint in Salina and Art Craft Printers in Manhattan. He later was supervisor of printing at Haskell Indian Nations University, where he worked from 1952 until he retired in 1983. Mr. Elzea was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He also was a member of Lawrence Sertoma Club from 1970 to 2001, serving as its secretary, and was selected Sertoman of the Year in 1998. He had been a member of the Haskell Retirees, assistant Scoutmaster at Haskell, leader of Boy Scout Troop 52 and Cubmaster for Cub Scouts. He was a member of Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14.He compiled a family history of his great-grandparents' involvement in the sacking of Lawrence and a book of historical events in Haskell history. He wrote a handbook on learning the Linotype and used it in his teaching. Mr. Elzea was active in bowling and served on the Kansas youth committee. He represented Haskell on the United Way fund and belonged to a railroad organization for a number of years. He also served on the Lawrence Sesquicentennial Committee since November 1999.He married Mary Elizabeth Wiesendanger on Jan. 19, 1943, in Okmulgee, Okla. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include a son, Mark W. and wife Susan, Lawrence; and three grandsons, Patrick, Evan and Eric. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael J. Elzea, in April 1993.The family suggests memorials to Tony Houle Student Assistance at Haskell Indian Nations University or Trinity Lutheran Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Elzea.