MidUSA Credit Union lost a true friend with the passing of Elbert Tannreuther on March 4, 2018 at the age of 88. Elbert was an active member of the Credit Union for 69 years and served on the MidUSA Board of Directors for 48 years, most currently serving as its Vice Chairman. Elbert was recently nominated as an inductee to the William A. Herring Society, alongside the entire MidUSA Board of Directors, whose recognition is the equivalent to the State of Ohio Credit Union Hall of Fame. Elbert was passionate about credit unions and in particular his credit union, MidUSA. Elbert was extremely faithful in his service to the Credit Union and its Board of Directors. Elbert was a strong believer, supporter and promoter of credit unions’ not-for-profit, cooperative orientation. Elbert was always a key figure in supporting the Credit Union’s growth, while remaining grounded in its history and tradition.
Elbert is survived by his wonderful wife Joyce of 67 years, his son Steve (Rita) Tannreuther, daughters Deborah (Mark) Tibbs and Patricia (Tom) Ball, and a brother Mark (Nancy) Tannreuther, as well as eight (8) grandchildren and nine (9) great grandchildren. Elbert also had many nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.
Elbert served in the U.S. Navy before a 42-year career at Armco Steel, retiring as Superintendent of Transportation Services. Elbert also served on the Monroe City Council for 28 years, including 15 years as Mayor of Monroe. Through his dedicated leadership, Monroe became a city in 1995. As Mayor, Elbert was proud to have officiated approximately 100 couples in marriage. Elbert’s former committee and council assignments included the OKI Council of Governments, Middletown Community Foundation, Monroe Community Foundation, Ohio Mayors Association, and the Board of Abilities First. Elbert was a past Master of Lincoln Lodge #693 and a member of High Point Lodge #773. Elbert was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church where he has served as a Trustee. Elbert also had a passion for flying and earned his pilot’s license. Elbert also enjoyed officiating high school football for over 25 years.
Elbert’s servant attitude and contributions to MidUSA over the past 48 years will be greatly missed.