Elton Kem Painter, 77 years of age, was born Dec. 29, 1935, to Earl and Alta (Horton) Painter at Springview, and died at the Ainsworth Care Center at Ainsworth June 15, 2013, where he had resided for several years. Elton was the seventh of eight children.
Elton grew up surrounded by family on the Painter ranch southwest of Springview. Besides working on the ranch, he also was employed by several road construction companies in his early years.
Elton’s lifetime enjoyment was fishing, and he would spend many an afternoon fishing with nephews anywhere you could get some good bites. He also spent time roping.
He was a member of the Meadville Roping Club, bringing home many of their prizes each year. When attending the county fair or the Springview Barbecue, he was always ready for the fast foot races, especially the three-legged race.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Sterling, Gerald, Wendel and an infant brother.
Survivors include brother, Oliver and wife Shirley Painter of Rapid City, S.D.; sisters, Shirley and husband Forrest Swan of Springview, and Velma and husband Vernon Oatman of Broken Bow; sister-in-law, Mildred Painter of Stuart, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services with interment following were held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Springview, June 18, 2013. Donnie Painter officiated over the service. Honorary bearers were all of Elton’s nephews.
Hoch Funeral Home of Ainsworth was in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials were suggested to the family in his name.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 27, 2013