OBITUARY

Sidney Rae McElfresh

November 1, 1933July 14, 2021
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Sidney Rae McElfresh, age 87, departed this life on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Born November 1, 1933 in Zanesville, Ohio to P.H. and Elsie (Szirbek) McElfresh. He was a graduate of Frazeysburg High School, Class of 1951 and the Gale Institute of Minneapolis in 1952 where he earned a certificate in Railroad Telegraphy. He was blessed with 65 years of marriage to his life-long sweetie Iris (Richter), who passed away in 2019. After 38 years, Sid retired from CSX Railroad then was semi-retired for 13 years while working in facility support at Sears Dayton Mall. Sid never knew a stranger. He loved to tell jokes and stories and found common interests with everyone he met, whether locally or abroad on one of the many Caribbean cruises he and Iris enjoyed. A farm boy at heart, he took pleasure in gardening, watching birds at the feeder, and the challenges of fixing just about anything; jury-rigging was his specialty. Sid was a generous man, donating 10 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross during his lifetime. He was a member of Church of the Cross United Methodist in Kettering. In addition to his wife and parents, Sid was preceded in death by siblings Jane Kinney, Bernice Behler, Bob McElfresh, Tom McElfresh, and Marilyn Hellwarth, and daughter-in-law, Sandy McElfresh. He is survived by children Thomas McElfresh of Centerville, Cynthia (Mike) Peters of Bellbrook, and Joan (Patrick) Leonard of Upper Arlington; grandchildren Sarah (Jonathan) Taulbee, Laura McElfresh, Tyler (Bethany) Peters, Megan (Andrew) Shough, Daniel and Sam Leonard; four great-grandsons Scott, Joshua, Oliver, and Liam. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2021. Burial David’s Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Church of the Cross United Methodist Church Emergency Fund to aid those in the community needing financial assistance or the American Red Cross Miami Valley Chapter. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Gustavus Christo-Baker

July 22, 2021

Thomas and the rest of the family, my sincere condolences on the death of a wonderful man with a sense of humor and a compassionate heart, Sidney. Committed to his late wife and committed to his church community. May God grant him eternal rest till the resurrection of all the Saints. And may the presence and power of almighty God surround and comfort you all throughout this period and beyond. 💐💐💐

Kathy Strohacker

July 20, 2021

We lived right next door to Sidney and his wife. Sid would always be on the porch swing out back and when we would come out he would always come over to talk and see our son Logan. Always smiling every time we saw him. Jeremy,Logan and I are sending prayers to family.

Geri Weber

July 19, 2021

I am very sorry to learn of Sid's passing. I worked with him at the railroad and he was a very nice person. I am sure he will be missed by his family and all that knew him. God Bless.

Carol EPPS

July 17, 2021

Sid will be missed. He always teased me when I was in high school. I have always remembered how I tried to hide from him. I told my mom to call Iris and tell her that her husband was teasing me and she should call him back home. Everyone laughed at me and thought it was funny. I know my parents would be saddened to learn of his passing. They were good friends. Please accept my sympathy. I will pray that you find peace in knowing he was a good man and a good teaser.
Carol (Kerekgyarto) Epps

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