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Monday, May 10, 2021

Obituary - Elmer Lee Elliott

Elmer Lee Elliott, age 87, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, May 7th, 2021. His life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. 

Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 PM with the Funeral service at 2:00 PM at the Friendly Pentecostal Church 625 NW Highway 7, Clinton, Missouri.

Interment to follow in Vansant Road Cemetery. Elmers favorite color was blue, and he would’ve hated to see everyone sitting around in black suits crying. Therefore, the family request wearing blue or red as we honor his memory. He will be missed beyond measure. Memorial contributions can be made to Friendly Church or Straight Up Ministries and can be left in care of the funeral home.

Elmer was born in Warsaw, MO on January 14th, 1934. He was the 9th and youngest child of Elmer and Eva Lena Elliott. On May 10th, 1958 he married Lois Jean Smith, the love of his life after a whirlwind summer romance. They spent their years together in the Kansas City area, before making their final home in Clinton, MO.

He was a member of the Cherokee Sak Osage Native American tribe and spent his life as an avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish not only for sport but to help provide for his family. He always had a special relationship with his siblings and loved to go fishing with his brothers. He hunted everything from small game to deer and elk. He snagged spoonbill and ran trot lines and sometimes he simply fished from the shore. We believe his biggest fish was about 90 pounds but it’s a fish story, so it was probably slightly smaller.

Elmer spent his career as a construction foreman and rock mason building much of Kansas City including Worlds of Fun, the Country Club Plaza, and much of the downtown infrastructure. It’s hard to go anywhere in the city without seeing or driving on something he helped build. He also traveled to Fort Drum in New York to expand the military base. He retired in 1990 to spend time hunting and fishing with his brothers, kids, and grandkids.

Elmer loved his family, he considered them his greatest blessing. He loved big family dinners and enjoyed food, especially his wife’s homemade noodles and sweets. He cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren more than anything. They were his greatest joy.

Elmer loved to garden and pick fruit for canning and jellies. He loved to send homemade jelly, apple butter, and cinnamon pickles with all he knew. He enjoyed watching old westerns, especially John Wayne westerns. Even when his kids and grandkids objected. More than anything else, he loved and served the Lord. He spent over 20 serving under Pastor Jim Freeman at Friendly Pentecostal and the last 5 at his brother-in-law Tom Smiths church, Straight Up Ministries. He was preaching how much he loves Jesus to the very end.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, all 8 siblings: Cleo Elliott, Joe Elliott, Jeneitta Baker, Ruby Dempsey, Mildred Anderson, Annie Jones, Hazel Elliott, Phoebe Elliott, and one beautiful grandson, Daniel Wayne.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Lois Jean Elliott of the home, his 7 children; Donnie Elliott, Debbie Sawyer (Don), Brenda Elliott (Don), Tammy Holman (Mike), Tim Elliott (Shelley), Laretha Hulse (Kevin), and Jon Elliott, as well as his 30 grandchildren, and 38 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Gary Smith (Mary), Wayne Smith, Tom Smith (Vickie), James Dempsey, Frank Baker, sister-in-law Sandy Devosha (Bernie), a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.