With the Cooper’s hawk, 60 mallard ducks, flock of white swans, a morning dove, and a pair of cardinals all standing idle and ready to escort him up to the heavens, Elden W. Butzbaugh, Jr. died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 17, 2021.

Elden was born on Dec. 2, 1937, in Benton Harbor, to Elden W. and Lucy Moore Butzbaugh. Elden lived a full, complete life, rich with love and everlasting friendships. He touched the lives of all whom he came in contact with. He attended the first birthday parties of several of his best friends who remained his loyal friends to the end.