He was born April 14, 1927, in Leopold, Mo., son of Anthony and Gertrude Tenholder Elfrink. He and Martha Elizabeth Jansen were married Oct. 1, 1949, in Glennon, Mo.
Elfrink was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He served in the U.S. Navy.
He was a vice president and terminal manager of Elfrink Truck Lines from 1953 to 1992. Elfrink was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral, where he served as a eucharistic minister and lector. He volunteered at Notre Dame Bingo and received the Annunciation Award from the Notre Dame Foundation.
Elfrink also served on St. Mary's Cemetery Board many years. He was past president of Notre Dame Home and School Association and co-chair of the Diocesan Development Fund. He was a 35-year member of Breakfast Exchange Club, 3rd Degree member of St. Vincent's Knights of Columbus Council 1111, and 4th Degree member of Thomas A. Langen Assembly.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Elfrink of Cape Girardeau; a son, Owen (Sandy) Elfrink of Cape Girardeau; three daughters, Anita (Brian) Pfautsch of Cape Girardeau, Karen (Charles) Nenninger of Marshall, Texas, Carla Beussink of Jackson; three brothers, Anthony Elfrink of Cahokia, Ill., David Elfrink of Jackson, Gerald Elfrink of Dupo, Ill.; a sister, Anna Marie Neeley of Jackson; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant daughters and a brother, Walter Elfrink.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m., with Knights of Columbus rosary immediately following.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cathedral, with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Cathedral Building on Faith Fund.