Jack Edward Elliott, 89, of Granite City, passed away at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Granite City, the son of the late Ira Jay and Clara Elizabeth (Martin) Elliott.
He married Virginia (Stayduhar) Elliott on Sept. 27, 1945, at Third Baptist Church in Granite City and she survives.
Jack retired in 1987 from U.S. Steel after 45 years of dedicated service as an electrician. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He attended Third Baptist Church for many years, where he had served as a Deacon, Royal Ambassador and Sunday school teacher and had attended First Assembly of God Church in Granite City for the last 10 years and enjoyed singing with the Saints Alive Choir and was a member of the Forever Young Senior Group at the church. Jack cherished his trips to his cabin in Minnesota and his days of fishing. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carol Elliott of Granite City and Kathy and Michael Orgel of St. Louis; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Carla Elliott of Granite City; six grandchildren and their spouses, Travis and Karen Keenan of St. Peters, Mo., Mark and Tammy Keenan of St. Peters, Mo., David and Mandi McKay of St. Louis, Steven Elliott of Granite City, Melissa and Ryan Stice of Granite City and Daniel and Chastina Elliott of Granite City; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorna Smith of McKinney, Texas; sister-in-law, Dorothy McInerney of Granite City; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Molly Stice; mother-in-law, Mary Stayduhar and two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Paul and Izetta Stayduhar and Tom McInerney.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, with the Rev. Rich Smallie and the Rev. Byron Wampler officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the Forever Young Ministry at First Assembly of God Church and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.