Elmer Craton Langford

Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Elmer was born in Wellington, Texas, on November 3, 1926; he was the third child of 10. He is preceded in death by his brother JV, sisters Bessie and Carolyn, son Mark, wife Mildred, brother George, and grandson Richie. Elmer’s surviving siblings are sisters Billie Jo (Arizona), Sue (New Mexico), Margie (Arizona), Douglas (California), and Bobbie (Arizona).

At age 10, Elmer’s family moved from Texas to Mesa, Arizona, where Elmer became a farmer, dairyman, and a good mechanic. He attended Mesa schools, played football, and made many friends, including Mildred Bloomer, who he met in high school.

World War II came along in 1941, but he was too young to go into the military until November 3, 1944, when he and a boyhood friend Leon joined the Merchant Marines. Elmer and Leon served until the end of the war, and Elmer was in Okinawa, Japan, on a ship when the war ended.

After the war, upon returning to Mesa, Arizona, Elmer again noticed the beautiful girl named Mildred, and they were soon married on April 19, 1946. In Arizona, Mildred and Elmer started their family with three children. His oldest son is Steve (Jacque) Las Cruces, New Mexico; daughter Susan Guffey (Richard) Billings, Montana; and his son Mark, who passed away on June 1, 2010, (Beverly) Centennial, Colorado.

Elmer and Mildred then moved to Durango, Colorado. Three more children were born, son David (Keri) Molt, Montana, daughter Julie Bredy (Allan) Lummi Island, Washington, and youngest son Eric of Laurel, Montana.

Elmer was again doing the things he loved to do, farming and raising animals. He rented and purchased land and for 40+ years farmed and raised a family. At the time of his death, on March 12, 2021, he still owned the majority of that land and always loved growing things and fixing the equipment he used.

Mildred and Elmer met in a Baptist Church youth group meeting, and wherever they lived, they made sure the family went to church. Both of them were lifelong members of The Gideons International, giving out Bibles to many people throughout their lives. If a church was not available in the rural area they were in, Elmer would start one. He was also busy as a founding board member of the San Juan Bible Camp in Mancos, Colorado.

Elmer’s last 20 years were spent in Laurel, Montana, working with his son-in-law Richard Guffey fixing and repairing heavy equipment in Richard’s business. He was a significant asset well into his 90s.

In addition to his siblings and children, Elmer is survived by 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Mildred, his beloved wife passed away on May 23, 2014. She was always called “Lovey” by Elmer, and now they are together again.

Memorial and burial will be summer of 2021, the date to be determined.

In place of flowers, please send donations to:

The Gideons International, PO Box 20024, Billings, MT 59104 or call 1-866-382-4253, or online at www.sendtheword.org

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