Elmer grew up in the Orrville, Ohio area. Having been raised in the Wooster Grace Brethren Church he was involved in Boy’s Brigade at an early age. During the Viet Nam draft era he was led by his parents to register as a conscientious objector. Receiving his draft notice he fulfilled his service obligation working at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding School in Counselor, New Mexico.
Elmer met his wife Joan before going off to service and they were married while he was still serving in New Mexico. After his service they returned to the Orrville, Ohio area. They’ve been blessed with 3 sons and 5 granddaughters.
Elmer began working with Grace Brethren Boy’s when their youngest son was about 8 years old. The comment was made that in GBB we like to have the fathers involved too. The hook was set and he is still involved, now with Skywatchers.