Richard Elliott, 76, Carson, IA, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022. Memorial services with military honors will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022 at the Carson United Methodist Church in Carson with Pastor Mark Johnson officiating. Visitation with the family will be held two hours prior to the memorial service beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the church. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson is caring for Rich and his family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for a later designation.
Richard Elliott, 76, of Carson, IA, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022
Richard (Dick/Rich) Wayne Elliott, the third of four children of George and Margaret (Yates) Elliott, was born on June 25, 1946. Dick grew up on a farm in Northeast Missouri.
Richard and Jennifer Phillips were married on April 10, 1976. They were blessed with two children, Bret Joe and Amy Michelle.
Rich attended Revere, Missouri, High School. He earned a BSE Degree from Truman State University, MSE Degree from Northwest Missouri, and many additional hours from Iowa State, University of Missouri, and others.
He was in education for 39 years as a junior/senior high teacher, high school administrator, adult education teacher, and college instructor. He received the Teacher of the Year award from AEA 13.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and Reserve, Phi Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Omega, Carson United Methodist Church, and other organizations.
Rich enjoyed hunting and fishing. He always said that the only "bad day of fishing or hunting" was when he was not doing one or the other. He assisted farmers and did a lot of painting when he was not going back to school.
Rich loved being with his grandchildren, Nate, Jack, and Kate. He was an avid reader. His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, and Mizzou Tigers.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents; nephew Kevin Elliott and his wife, Tasha, and their two children, Wyatt, and Madison; father and mother-in-law Bayard and Ruth Phillips.
Rich is survived by his wife, Jennifer; son Bret and Kara and their son, Jack, of Papillion, NE; daughter Amy Smith and Mike and their children, Nate and Kate, of Oakland, IA; siblings, Terry and Maria of Moraga, CA, James (Jim) and Cheryl of Revere, MO, and sister Marcia (SIS) and Bill Stewart of Kahoka, MO; brothers-in-law, Mark and Chris of Dike, IA, Joel and Tina of Santa Fe, NM, Chanley (Chan) and Linda of Excelsior, MN, and John and Kim of Wauwatosa, WI, sisters-in-law, Mary Sharp of New Sharon, IA, Luann Swanson and Steve of Ollie, IA, and Julie Maze and George of Swea City, IA; other relatives and a host of many friends.
"So many of my JH and HS memories are of Mr. E. He was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. I only wish I could thank him for the education I received. I turned it into a career path that I absolutely love as an Admin Asst. and I can only hope I'm doin' him proud. Rest easy, Mr. E., thank you, and you will be so missed."
"Jennifer, Amy and Mike, This saddens me so to see this. I will keep you and yours in my prayers. He will be missed, Tammi Redd "
"Mr Elliott left a beautiful mark on all of us. Whenever I think of what it means to be a great teacher, and a wonderful human. I always think of Mr. Elliott. The skills he gave all of us to succeed and be the best we could be are irreplaceable and priceless. He was a wonderful man and a pillar in the community. His memories will live on in all of us. Rest easy and fly high Mr. Elliott."
"Jennifer and family, we will forever remember Elliott as a great friend! And, of course, he became a friend due to fishing and hunting!! "
"Our sympathy goes out to the Elliott family. Rich always impressed us as a fine man, ready to smile and with a happy hello. He always asked us about our children. Thank you for being part of our lives. Darrell & Marsha Houser"
"Mr. Elliot always was excited to see me and give me a hug. He was so supportive of me becoming a teacher. Throughout my time in college him and Mrs. Elliot would take me to lunch at the Mexican restaurant in Oakland. He was such a bright person and will be missed very much. "
"Jennifer, Amy, Bret and family, so sorry for your loss. Rich was a great guy and will be greatly missed by all of us. So enjoyed our country club visits, how excited he was to meet Mekara again at her graduation reception!! And will never forget him after Michelle fainted in his class room in HS!! ?She fell over, she just fell over!!!?
Rodney and Vicki Palmer"
"Rich, I will miss your hugs. To the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Michelle, Paul and Bailey Faxon.
"Mr. Elliott was one of my favorite teachers. I used to get out of study hall so I could practice typing. Instead, we would talk about sports, life, etc.
He even wrote a poem about me when I missed the bus. He made me feel special. I am saddened to learn of his passing."