Jesse L. Elder

April 5, 1955March 17, 2019

Jesse L. Elder, 63 years of age, died Sunday, March 17, 2019. He was born April 5, 1955 in New Albany to the late Jess and Doris (Millan) Elder. Jesse was a self employed salvage and scrap dealer and was the widower of Kathy Jo (Baker) Elder, his wife of some 44 years who died in February of 2017. Jesse loved his Harley, hunting, outdoors, gambling and most of all his wife, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two brothers, Terry Elder (Joyce) and Darrell Elder.

Survivors include three children, Jesse L. Elder Jr., Stacy A. Elder, Chris S. Elder (Misty); eight grandchildren, Anthony, Jasmine, Shane, Josh, Destiny, Darrell, Destiny, Riley; five great grandchildren, Aidenn, Brycen, Valor, Brancen, Kaison; four siblings, Billy Elder (Jessica), Timmy Elder, Susan Scanlon-Dedman, Becky Feree (Chuck); along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday with Remembrance Service at 7:00 pm Thursday evening at the Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana. Cremation to follow. Online condolences may be made to:


  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Remembrance Service Thursday, March 21, 2019

Jesse L. Elder

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Misty Elder

April 4, 2019

Chris Destiny & I love and miss you so much. Not a day goes by we don’t think about you. You were the greatest dad, father-in-law, & pawpaw in this world. I am so blessed to have you as my father-in-law. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t of graduated high school. I am so grateful for you. Destiny was a Pawpaws girl for sure you couldn’t tell her no and Destiny knew that. We all will be together again one day. I love you and miss you more than anyone will ever know.
Love You Always & Forever
You Daughter-In-L aw


March 26, 2019

Hell of a man!!!!Thanks for the smile Brother you will always be a good man and what you gave me is priceless.

Susan R Dedman

March 20, 2019

I only got to know my brother for about 9 months and we had some really good talks. He would tell me about the family and my birth mother and answer any questions I had. I so enjoyed being with him and I will miss our visits and talks. In the short time I got to know him he treated me like a sister and welcomed me into the family. Jesse was sweet man and will be missed.

Love you,
Your big sister Susan