In loving memory
Chris A. Elliott
August 13, 1945 ~ May 1, 2021
At 8:41 a.m. on August 13, 1945, Chris Allan Elliott made his entrance into the world. Born to Vernon Dick and Alleyne Mae (Kolarik) Elliott, he was the first grandchild born to George Oliver "Dick" and Lillian Ella (Piehl) Elliott.
He was baptized into the First Congregational Church in Anthony on April 6, 1947. His family attended church there for many years. Throughout his life, he maintained a curiosity for understanding the spiritual side of humanity. He was very gifted at seeing only the good and potential in people and situations.
As a child, Chris had been afflicted with asthma and as the treatments of the period included x-ray "therapy" and warm, arid air, he spent a good amount of time on trips to Arizona with his grandparents. He graduated from the Anthony High School with the class of 1963. He attended Wichita State University. Chris was very active with the Kansas Jaycees for many years, and ran for state president of the organization.
Chris had two great loves in his lifetime. To the first, Mary Jean Melton, he was wed on February 29, 1964, and was blessed with three children: Michael, Timothy and Kelly. As his life progressed, he met Gary Jean Brun, and her four girls. To this pair was born his youngest, Rocky. As most of us know, love can never truly disappear; his never faded, but transitioned into a lasting friendship with both of these strong-willed, soft-hearted women that he truly cherished.
He had many job titles in his life; ranging from machinist, used-car salesman, funeral director, cabinet maker, to the self-appointed "situational analysis manager." If he was questioned about the last, he would reply with a smirk and "I supervise stuff and lend my expert advice". His true passions, though, were truck driving, lettering and sign making. Being left handed made his talent with a nib, bit or brush even more impressive, as the hand position usually takes more skill to avoid smearing with inks and impairs the view with other tools. He worked in many different mediums, from hand routering and redwood signs, to neon, gold leaf and storefronts. As his hands became unable to keep up with this part of his life, he still remained active in the sign community or "Letterheads".
Chris possessed a deep intellect and sharp wit. He loved to learn, and he enjoyed discussing and debating a wide range of topics. He had an adventurous spirit and never feared forging his own path in life. Although Chris was a man of many talents, it seems that he was born with a very unique sense of time. He was most likely more often late than not, but years could pass and he could pick up a conversation with a friend as if it were yesterday. He seemed to never leave any place without striking up a chat with someone, and the goodbyes could last for hours. He was a man of many extremes. Gifted with an optimistic, child-like wonder and curiosity that was boundless and contagious; he also could feel a sorrow so intense that looking into those deep blue eyes could almost break the strongest heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first-born son, Mike; his cousin, Mark; and his son-in-law, Ryan Mahoney.
At 2:00 p.m., on May 1, 2021, Chris's heart beat for the last time. The end of his seventy-five year, eight month and twenty seven day journey was quiet and peaceful. He is not gone, he lives on in our stories, memories and hearts. He is probably rolling down a road we cannot see in a big black Peterbilt, windows down, tunes turned up, and wondering what everyone is so sad about.
The family he leaves to tell his tale include his son: Tim of Ada, Oklahoma; daughters: Kelly Mahoney of Lawton, Iowa; Rocky Elliott of Anthony; honorary daughter: Lou Ann Brun of Olympia, Washington; grandchildren: Alex Fender and her husband, Nick; Maximillian, Dexter and Evangeline Elliott; Alice, Erin, and Elliott Mahoney; Kevin Bonham and Devlyn Helms; great-granddaughter: Logan Fender; brothers: Dr. R. Kirk Elliott and his wife, Nina, of Canton, Ohio; Cliff Elliott of Anthony; his cousin once removed, Dustin Elliott of Anthony; nieces and nephews: Jennifer Elliott; Matthew Elliott; Lucas Elliott; Dr. Stephen Collins-Elliott and his wife, Jenny; Peter Elliott; and a multitude of other family, friends and acquaintances.
The Elliott family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony.
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Chris A. Elliott memorial fund, in care of the Eldringhoff funeral home
115 S Bluff Ave, Anthony KS 67003