Elden has lived and worked almost his entire life in Regina and area. Born and raised in Regina, he and his family moved in his early teens to a farm near Dilke, Saskatchewan. Growing up on the farm, he realized the value of hard work, honesty and integrity, and had a passion for independent business. This led to work in the service-based automotive industry for almost twenty years. The culmination of this career was the opportunity to own and operate automotive parts and repair shops in Regina and Hawaii, USA.
In 2004, wishing for a change of direction in career, Elden became employed in a Regina based funeral home part-time. He truly enjoyed serving the families on a more direct level, and became a licensed Funeral Director in 2007.
In 2010, an opportunity to move to the small town of Raymore, Saskatchewan was taken and Elden welcomed the move back to the country. It was seen that Raymore and area would benefit from a local funeral business and in July of 2012, Conley Funeral Home was established in Raymore on main street in the historic former Goldfinch hardware store building.
Elden is the owner of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® in Regina. The Alternatives brand was established in 1992 in British Columbia and opened its doors in Regina in 2010.
Elden is an active member of the local community. He sits on the board of the Raymore Rockets hockey club, has sat on the board of the Raymore United Church and the Raymore Protestant Cemetery. He also is the past caretaker of the cemetery during the summer, and is an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Semans Branch #108.
He’s an avid collector and trader of antiques. Fishing, researching local history, and times with family and friends are also important to him.