Dr. Carl Elward, 92

Dr. Carl Joseph Elward, 92, of North Manchester, Indiana, died at 5:25 am, Dec. 17, 2016, at Peabody Health Care in North Manchester. 

He was born July 20, 1924, in Andrews, Indiana to John and Emma (Devine) Elward.

Carl attended St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, before enlisting in the Army in 1941.  He was a member of the Army Specialized Training Program, and a combat medic with the 78th Infantry "Lightening" Division.  Carl was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Purple Heart with three oak leaf clusters.  Upon returning from Germany, on October 13, 1945, Carl married Joan Hartman of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He graduated pre-medicine from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and subsequently from Loyola University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois.  He was a general practice physician in Wabash, for 17 years, before specializing in Radiology.  He spent an additional 17 years as the radiologist at Wabash County Hospital and surrounding medical facilities.  He was loved and respected by his many patients in the community and adored by his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Joan Elward of North Manchester; six children, Susan (Robert) Thacker of Atlanta, Ga., Karen (Steve) Littrell of Lebanon,  Janet Ulrich of Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael (Sherri) Elward of Roann, Patrick (Ellen) Elward of Fishers,  and Teri (Jeff) Caron of Rockford, Ill., 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 11 brothers and sisters.

A celebration of Carl's life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester, Indiana.

The memorial guest book for Carl may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Dec 20