William Michael “Mike” Elrod, 71, of Gardner, KS passed away Jan. 17, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 pm Sat., Jan 26, 2019 at Olathe Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses at 1113 South Ridgeview Rd. Olathe, KS . Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Mike was born June 27, 1947 in Kansas City, KS to Ira Watkins and Mildred (Evelyn) Elrod. He grew up in Gardner, KS where he graduated from Gardner High School. Mike joined the Army in 1966, and later married Debbie Brandon Oct. 9, 1970 in Kansas City, KS. They lived in Olathe, and then moved to back to Gardner in 1990 where Mike continued to work for Southwestern Bell as a special technician until he retired after 30 years of service in 2000. He was a member of Kingdom Hall Olathe and was a member of the SW. Bell Telephone Union. He enjoyed woodworking especially making furniture out of cedar trees, riding his motorcycles, boating and camping with family and friends. Mike will be dearly missed by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nickie Murphy and daughter in law Allison. Mike is survived by his wife, Debbie Elrod of the home; sons: Michael (Brandy) Elrod, Gardner, KS and Rob Elrod Olathe, KS; sister Ardys A. Savage Olathe, KS and eight grandchildren and one great granddaughter.