Stephen “Jack ” Elliott

Funeral services for Stephen “Jack” Elliott, 83, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away on November 28, 2013, at his home in Lawrence, Kansas.
Jack was born November 29, 1929, in Anthony, Kansas to Stephen and Grace Elliott. He later made his home with his aunt and uncle Lydia and Harry Stout and family.
He graduated from Lambert High School in 1947 and earned a B.S. Degree in education from Northwestern State College Alva, Oklahoma in 1954. He earned a Masters of Teaching Degree in 1963. Jack served 37 years as teacher, coach, Principal, and Superintendent in many rural schools including Tangier and Gage, Oklahoma; and Hardtner, Leon, Lucas, Alta Vista, and Council Grove, Kansas.
He devoted his life to public school education and to his family.
Jack loved parades, summers in Colorado with his family, golfing, Louis L’Amour westerns, all sports, especially those that he coached, and the trials and triumphs of the Jayhawks.
On February 10, 1949, he married Wanda Lee Peach at Cherokee, Oklahoma. To this union were born Jacquelyn, Craig, and Janis.
Jack was a member of the First United Methodist Church and held a life membership teaching certificate. He also held memberships in the United School Administrators, Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals and the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Scottish Rite.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Wanda of 64 years and his children, Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott (Doug) Baldwin City, Kansas; Dr. Craig Elliott (Deborah) Sedgwick, Kansas; son-in-law, Randy Prewitt, Leon, Kansas; grandchildren, Michelle Hilliard (Mike), Heath Elliott (Shelli), Erin and Thomas Denney (Rachel) and Courtney Prewitt; great grandchildren, Elliott Money, Grant and Sydney Hilliard, Alexis Elliott and Lola Marie Guy; two brothers, Loyd Stout, Cherokee, Jim Elliott, Wishram, Washington; two sisters, Stephanie Troh, Mineral, Washington, Sylvia Thomas, Beaver Dam, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janis; and two sisters, Nancy and Joyce.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma or the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, Kansas and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
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16 Condolences

  1. Sarah Higgins on November 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Jackie and Wanda Dears,
    I’m so sad to read of Jack’s death this morning in the paper. We’ll see you soon.
    Sarah and Ray

  2. rocky and kathy on November 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Thinking of all of you at this time. May peace and love surround you.

  3. Anonymous on December 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Wanda, Jackie & family

    Bill and I send our Blessing and Love to you.

    Bill and JoAnn Hundley

  4. Theresa Schmidt on December 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm


    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you talking to me about your Dad and how he was a great Dad and Grandfather. My sincere condolences to your family.

    Theresa Schmidt

  5. Marge Hufman on December 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Wanda & Family, Just wanted you to know that I’m thinking & praying for you all during this time.

  6. Vicki and Jim Nylund on December 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Jacquelyn and family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss of your father, husband and grandfather. Love and prayers, Jim and Vicki

  7. Sula on December 2, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Wanda, Jackie and all the family,
    We send love and comfort to you.
    Sula & Billy

  8. Marilyn Porter on December 2, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Wanda and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my prayers, asking God to give you strength during this time.
    Marilyn (Prewitt) Porter

  9. Sam and Judy Grant on December 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Wanda, Jackie, Craig and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the knowledge that Jack is at peace in his rest and his suffering has ended bring comfort and peace to you all.
    Sam and Judy Grant

  10. Paul and Barbara Liles on December 2, 2013 at 11:39 am


    Paul and I wanted to express our condolences to you. We have both lost our dads and we are never ready to loose them. So please know that we are praying for you and your family.

  11. Tom Zogleman on December 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I didn’t know Jack very well but I’ve always felt that the quality of a man can be determined in part by the character of his kids. Based on this fact alone, I can say that Jack was a great man. Condolences to all of the family.

    Tom Zogleman

  12. Brenda Jo Schultz on December 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Mrs. Elliott and family
    I am very to sorry to hear of Mr. Elliott’s passing. He was a great teacher and principal at Lucas and I know everyone will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. The Williams Family on December 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. I know the pain of a broken heart. Our Heavenly Father feels our pain. Psalms 34:18 assures us that He is near to those broken at heart. He does, however, hold out a promise that in the very near future He will wipe out all tears of sorrow and pain from our eyes and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:3-5) He also promises to remember all those in the memorial tombs (graves) and restore them to life. (John 5:28,29) Until those words are fulfilled, may you find much peace and comfort in God and in His promises found in the Holy Scriptures.

  14. Dr. Gary Wolgamott on December 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I have fond memories of Coach Elliot. (1957-1958) I especially remember him taking my Dad (Shorty) and I to the State track meet at K State so I could pole vault.
    My sincere condolances to Wanda and all of his family. Jack fits the saying, “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows greatest.”

  15. Judy Thurman Rockett on December 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Wanda & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s death. I thought so much of him, he was a very special teacher for me. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  16. Dwayne Clark on December 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I just heard about his passing. He was a great educator, leader, coach, and he always told us kids what he thought about some of our immature actions as students! I know my Dad thought the world of him and he was very well respected in Hardtner. My thoughts go out to Wanda, Jacquelyn, and Craig.

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