The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

August 19, 2013

Richard E. Elliott


The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — Richard Eugene Elliott, age 80, of Joplin, passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Spring River Christian Village following a short illness.

He was born in Girard, Kan., on Sept. 7, 1932, to W.D. and Violet Elliott.

Richard graduated from Pittsburg High School, followed by service in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was employed by Satterlee Mechanical Contractors until his retirement in 1997. Following his retirement, he served as a volunteer builder for Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed black powder shooting until his health forced him to discontinue it earlier this year. He was a longtime member of several gun clubs in the four-state area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, W.D. "Dan" Elliott, Jr. and Louis Elliott.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Reid Elliott; son, Gregory Elliott, of Rogers, Ark.; daughter, Heather Elliott, of Joplin; step-son, Reid Roney,  of Platte City, Mo.; he was a wonderful grandfather to Scott Elliott, Dylan and Chandler Coles, Hunter McAffrey, and Kegan and Khaleesi Roney; and great-granddaughter, Alana; he is also survived by brother-in-law and best friend, Robert F. (Bob) Reid; and three nephews.

A memorial service honoring Richards life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. David Burgess officiating.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church of Joplin, or the American Cancer Society.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.