Michael Lee “Mike” Elston

Sept. 23, 1955 — Sept. 11, 2019

Michael Lee “Mike” Elston, A/K/A Elmo or Chief Renegade, 63, of Rensselaer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Rensselaer. 

Mike was born on Sept. 23, 1955, in Rensselaer, to the late Arnold W. and Shirley Lee Wilkens Elston. He was a 1973 graduate of West Central High School in Francesville. Mike was a lead man welder at Talbert Manufacturing where he had worked for 41 years. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local #6982 and Jasper County ABATE. 

Mike enjoyed bowling, riding motorcycles and fishing. He was proud of his Native American heritage and collected Native American memorabilia. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Cubs, Bears, Colts and NASCAR. Mike loved cookouts and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his companion Stella S. (Liming) Fish of Crawfordsville; sister Sandy K. Whitcomb of Goodland; brothers: Steve [Reme] Elston of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Brad [Brenda] Elston of Medaryville, Scott [Claudia] Elston of Francesville, and Bob [Cathy] Elston of Francesville; several nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins; stepdaughters: Cristina Ziese of Rensselaer, and Sarah Holder of Indianapolis; stepson Michael Fouts of Lafayette; granddaughter Serenity Holder of Indianapolis; and grandson Calvin Holder of Indianapolis. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold W. and Shirley Lee Wilkens Elston; stepmother Judith (Overman) Elston; and brother-in-law Charles “Butch” Whitcomb. 

Visitation was from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Pastor Paul Dyke officiated. Burial took place at Victor Chapel Cemetery in Star City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, ABATE or to the family. 

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.

(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 25, 2019)

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