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Andrew Michael Elder

January 11, 1983 ~ July 24, 2017 (age 34)

Andrew Michael Elder, 34, of Delphos, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 11, 1983, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His mother and stepfather, Jan (Dave) Ashby, survive of Van Wert, Ohio. His father and stepmother, Greg (Denise) Elder, survive of Van Wert.

He is survived by a special friend, Katie Metcalfe of Delphos; a daughter, Lily Elder of Convoy, Ohio; brothers, Brooks (Kennedy) Elder of Toledo, Ohio, and Logan (Tori Bebee) of Van Wert; a sister, Mackenzie Elder of Van Wert; grandparents, Bob and Marilyn Elder and Charlie and Marg Ashby. He is also survived by numerous stepbrothers and stepsisters.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul and Marcile Giessler.

He was a press operator at Precision Metal Inc in Ottoville and formerly worked for Lakeview Farms. He was an avid University of Kentucky Basketball fan and animal lover. He especially loved taking his pig, Opal, for walks around town.

Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. The Rev. Stuart Wyatt will officiate. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017, at the funeral home.

Because of Andrew’s struggles, preferred memorials may be directed to: Team Recovery, 1618 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43612 or

 Service Information

July 28, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory
722 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891

Funeral Service
July 29, 2017

10:30 AM
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory
722 S. Washington St.
Van Wert, OH 45891

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