Elmer was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Hanna, Okla., to Sarah Jane and Andrew Jackson Kirkendall.
Elmer enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on Feb. 23, 1942. He achieved the rank of corporal and also the status as a sharpshooter with a rifle and marksman with a pistol. He also became a drill instructor. He served in the Pacific area from 1943 to 1945 and engaged in action, battles and skirmishes at Bougainville, B.S.I.; Consolidation of Northern Solomon Islands; Guam; and Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. While on leave in Long Beach, Calif., he met Frances Audrey Bornhauser, and they were married May 27, 1945, in Alhambra, Calif. Corporal Elmer Kirkendall was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Feb. 26, 1946.
He resided in Duarte, Calif., with his wife and raised three children while working at Sears Roebuck. His favorite thing to do was to take the family camping and fishing in the High Sierras in California, where he loved to fish the Kern River for German browns and hike to Convict Lake and fish for golden trout. Before retiring, he decided to sell out, move to Wimer and buy a 36-acre farm. He enjoyed having horses, gardening and having his children and grandchildren nearby. Elmer was a man of faith and attended the Wimer Church. He loved singing in the choir and at retirement homes with his wife, Frances.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister; his wife of 48 years; and his son, Donald Lee Kirkendall.
He is survived by his daughters, Audrey Kirkendall-Harrison (Lowell) of Boyd, Mont., and Deborah Jay (Larry) of Hines; grandchildren, Shawn, Shannon, Selena, Jennifer, Christine, Christopher and Jonathan; 12 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Military services and interment will be held Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road in Eagle Point.