Gayhard H. Elkins, Waupaca, Wisconsin, formerly of Amherst, age 90, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Crossroads Care Center of Crystal River in Waupaca, WI.
He was born June 8, 1926 in Chicago, IL, son of Homer and Bessie (Hansen) Elkins. On October 11, 1952, Gayhard married Rita Lloyd in the Town of Buena Vista, Portage Co., WI. He will be dearly missed by all of his loving family and friends.
Gayhard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rita Elkins of Waupaca, WI; three children, David (Sharon) Elkins of Omaha, NE; Donna (Joseph) Turrubiates of Waupaca, WI, and Randy (Shelly) Stone of Appleton, WI; six grandchildren, Shawn (Chris) Elkins, Ty Turrubiates, Joey (Tara) Turrubiates, Shane (Leesa) Elkins, Tracy (Jeremy) Schoenecker, and Jaci Stone; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Juanita Martin of Chesterfield, MO and Lucille Schmidt of Ogdensburg, WI; three sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Bessie Elkins; two brother, Cecil Elkins and Lloyd Elkins; four brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law.
A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst, WI. Reverend Dwight Anderson will officiate. A visitation will be held on Friday evening, March 17th, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home and again on Saturday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Amherst following the service on Saturday. The Jungers-Holly Funeral Home of Amherst is assisting the family with arrangements.