RICHARD LEE ELLIOTT, 55, of Decatur, IL passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013 in Galena, IL.
A memorial service will be held at Noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Maranatha Assembly of God in Decatur, IL. Rev. Doug Lowery will officiate. Burial of his ashes will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Maranatha Assembly of God in Decatur, IL. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Richard was born on December 1, 1958 in El Paso, TX. He was a son of Gordon Roy and Joy Ann (Walker) Elliott. He married Sheri Diane Speagle on June 1, 1997 in Decatur, IL.
Survivors include his wife Diane Elliott of Decatur, IL; three children, Anthony Lee Elliott, Misty Marie Elliott both of Decatur, IL and Brad E. Walton of Springfield, IL; his mother, Joy Elliott of Decatur, IL; one brother, Tim J. Elliott of Bryce, UT; six grandchildren, Maria, Christian, Cheryl Lynn, Kirsten, Alyson, and Madison and two great-grandchildren, Emery and Harley.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandfather, and grandmothers.
Richard served his community as a Decatur Firefighter retiring with 22 years of dedicated service. During his career he worked at fire stations throughout the city including tours on the Special Rescue Squad and as a member of the SCUBA/Rescue Dive Team. Richard was a respected and valued member of any crew he was assigned to, and was known for his positive attitude, sincerity and dedication. Among his fellow firefighters he was affectionately known as the “Caveman”.
He enjoyed fossil and shell hunting, boating, and scuba-diving. Richard also enjoyed music in all forms including playing guitar, listening and dancing. He was inventive, artistic and creative and enjoyed learning new things through reading, watching and doing. Richard used these natural gifts and abilities to make things easier and better for others. More than anything, he was known for his generosity and compassion towards all. He deeply cared for, and helped others who were in need without reservation or expectation.
He was a one-of-a-kind guy and we will never again meet another Richard Elliott. He amazed many he met with his vast knowledge of things most of us would have no clue about. He had a smile that came from deep within which was always followed by a strong hug.
Richard’s life was centered on his family and he relished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and extended family. He loved and felt deeply about those near him and had the ability to let them share these emotions. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him!
Memorial may be made to Maranatha Assembly of God.