Elton Clifford Wiest

November 27, 1936March 18, 2019

Elton Clifford Wiest, 82, was born in San Antonio, Texas, on November 27, 1936, and entered his heavenly home on March 18, 2019.

Elton is preceded in death by his sister, Marguerite Thompson, of Bloomington, IN.

He is survived by his son, Douglas Wiest, of Carthage, NC, and sister, Jan Ward (Eugene), his nephew John E. Ward (Norma) and their daughter Ella, of Louisville, Thompson and Egan family members of Smithville, IN, and Goldstein family of Lebanon, NH.

He was a life-long lover of music and sang tenor in the Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force. After his retirement as a counselor in elementary and high schools of Baltimore and Columbia, MD, he moved to Louisville to be closer to family. His new retirement “job” was to commit to faithful exercise toward his goal of reaching “100.” His love of tennis, opera, singing tenor in church choirs, and his family gave him a true “joie de vivre” in his later years. Elton will be remembered as a joyful and loving presence, genuinely interested in others and their well-being.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Thursday in Smithville, IN. The memorial service at Highland Presbyterian Church, 1011 Cherokee Road, is on Friday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Music Program of Highland Presbyterian Church.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, March 22, 2019

Elton Clifford Wiest

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Tom Curley

March 20, 2019

Sorry to hear about Elton. I will miss playing tennis with him.

Tom Curley
Bonita Springs, FL

Missy Murphy

March 20, 2019

Sending love and sympathy to the family ! I remember him (as neighbors to Norma and John in Old Louisville) as a loving, funny and kind person. I know you will miss him, gone too soon. Missy in Venice, FL.

Lewis Mathis

March 20, 2019

I am in Florida and am sorry I will be unable to attend services for Elton. I have known him for years as a tennis buddy and friend. We bought the same kind of cars several years ago and he sent me a book about staying fit, of course. I wish I had known he was a singer. I am also a tenor and have sung since I was a teenager. My wife and I both thought a lot of Elton and will miss him. May God be with you in this time of trial.
Lewis Mathis

Robin Smith

March 19, 2019

Dearest Jan and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Elton's passing. He was a kind friend and faithful music supporter. His love for music and singing was always evident to all. I remember his kind words and support fondly and wish to express my condolences to you all. He will be missed. May God bring you comfort and peace.