The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 30, 2010

Floyd Byron "Junior" Elsten

The Joplin Globe


Floyd Byron "Junior” Elsten, 89, of Riverton, Kan., passed away on Friday, May 28, at his home after a long illness.

Junior was born on Oct. 31, 1920, in Bristow, Okla., to Floyd Wayne Elsten and Mary Frances (Stafford) Elsten.

Junior married Oma LaTurner on June 27, 1942, in Cassville, Mo. They lived their entire married life in the Riverton area.

Junior started working at the Joplin Cement Company in 1950 as a driver and was working as the shop foreman at the time of his retirement in 1990. On June 1, 1990, Junior bought Associated Redi-Mix, Inc in Joplin. He was a constant presence there until the end of 2009.

Junior is survived by his wife, Oma; two sons, Floyd Byron Elsten Jr., of Moultan, Ala., and his wife, Annette, and Jay Elsten, of Joplin, and his wife, Tracey; and one daughter, Elizabeth O’Neal, of Riverton, and her husband, Wahlon. He also had three grandchildren, Jennifer Greninger and her husband, Dillon, of Riverton, and Tristan Elsten and Carissa Elsten, of Joplin. He is survived by two great-grandchildren, Michael Elsten, of Baxter Springs, and Matthew McDonald, of Riverton; two great-great grandchildren, Maxton and Adalyn Elsten, of Baxter Springs; two sisters, Joan Clark, of Parsons, Kan., and Donna Helton, of Joplin; and one sister-in-law, Sue Smith, of Riverton, and her husband, Leon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Don Elsten, of Baxter Springs; a sister, Loda Sweeney, of Joplin; and by two grandchildren, Michael Elsten and James “Jim” Elsten.

The body has been taken for cremation under the direction of Abbott Funeral Home in Baxter Springs. There are no services planned at this time. The family will receive visitors on June 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Riverton Community Building.

The family request that flowers not be sent and donations be made to a memorial fund set up at Community Bank and Trust to benefit the Joplin Humane Society. Donations may be made at any CBT location or online at