Lenard married Merry J. Russ Sept. 25, 1955, in Steele, Mo.
He served in the United States Army from 1952-1954, was a school teacher for 34 years and drove the school bus for 43 years at Delta C-7 in Deering, Mo.
Survivors include his wife, Merry Elder, of Deering; one son, Len Elder and his friend, Linda, of Kennett; two daughters, Carolyn Owen and husband, Dennis, of Fenton, Mo., and Marilyn Cross and husband, Brad, of McLeansboro, Ill., two grandchildren, Cory Owen, of Fenton, and Cara Aronhalt and husband, Dan, of Ballwin, Mo.; one brother, Ernie Elder and wife, Sarah, of Olive Branch, Miss., and other relatives and many many friends.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Buck, Cliff, Carl, C.M., Charles and James Elder, and four sisters: Mary Grace, Geneva, Annie and Elizabeth.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, March 19, at Crossroad Worship Center in Braggadocio, Mo.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Crossroad Worship Center in Braggadocio with Rev. Glyn Davis officiating.
Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers are Thomas, Bobby, Danny and Ronnie Grisham, Tommy and Larry Elder, Tom Lebo and John Calhoun.
Honorary pallbearers are Jack Callis, Burt Heller, Doug James, David LaGore, Dale Jones, Nick and Eric Weatherwax, Keith and Mark Ward, George Byers, Tim, Larry and Jerry Young and Larry Hogan.
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church in Steele.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett is in charge of arrangements.