Gilliland Howe Funeral Home

110 East North Street, Greensburg, IN


Albert Lewis Elder

October 7, 1940August 11, 2020

Albert Lewis Elder, 79 of Greensburg, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 after a brief bout with cancer. Albert was born on October 7, 1940 in Decatur County, the son of Bernie and Dortha (Dickson) Elder. On December 27, 1963 he married Margaret “Ella” Lehman, they had been married for 56 years.

Albert worked as a Supervisor at Crown Zellerbach/James Rivers here in Greensburg for 17 years. He met many friends and people during his time there. Albert was known for his integrity, honesty, empathy, toughness and his wonderful sense of humor. He was loved by many people, family, friends and acquaintances. Albert enjoyed watching football and baseball. He specifically liked to watch the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts.

Survivors include his wife Margaret, his son James “Jim” Elder, his daughter Julie (John) Smartz of Los Angeles, CA, two grandchildren, Luca and Alex Elder and one sister Shirley Grimes of Hanover, IN. Albert was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Loyd and Rolland.

Due to Covid concerns, a Facebook Live Funeral Service will begin at 2:30pm on Friday, August 14th with Rev. Jerran Jackson officiating. The service can be viewed on Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the Decatur County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.


  • Bernie Elder, Father (deceased)
  • Dortha (Dickson) Elder, Mother (deceased)
  • Margaret "Ella" Lehman Elder, Wife
  • James "Jim" Elder, Son
  • Julie (John) Smartz, Daughter
  • Luca Elder, Grandchild
  • Alex Elder, Grandchild
  • Shirley Grimes, Sister
  • Loyd Elder, Brother (deceased)
  • Rolland Elder, Brother (deceased)

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  • Decatur County Animal Shelter


  • Facebook Live Funeral Service

    Friday, August 14, 2020



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Randy & Rosie Evans

August 14, 2020

Thoughts, prayers, and memories of Al from Jackson High School, print pac
And Wal Mart. So sorry Ella and family 💕💕💕💕💕💕

Edward Dwenger

August 13, 2020

What a pleasure it was to work with "Big Al". So sorry to hear about his passing. Ella, Jim and Julie please know that Brenda and I are keeping you in our prayers.


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