William "Bill" Elliott
March 23, 1949 - January 1, 2018
Bill left this world suddenly and unexpectedly on January 1st at 5:30 pm to join his Dad and brother David in the kingdom of heaven.
William Peter Elliott was born to Jack and Alice Elliott on March 23, 1949. He grew up in Anaconda, Montana, the second of five children. His father died in a tragic accident at work, leaving his mom to raise John, Bill, Mary Beth, David and Mark on her own. Bill was a vivacious little boy, full of energy and had many adventures with his friends Pat Curren and Kenny Reese.
One summer, Bill saved a girl from drowning at Georgetown Lake and from then on that was his place where he felt great peace and happiness. After graduating from Anaconda High School in 1968, Bill joined the US Marines in 1969, serving one tour in Vietnam. After his return, he joined the City of Helena police department, rising to the status of assistant police chief, before deciding the political aspects were not for him. He moved onto Corrections, working as a prison guard for D.O.C. until his retirement in 2008.
He was an advocate for the union and volunteered as a union steward, serving as president and vice president for many years. In 1997 he was working at Oregon State Penitentiary when he noticed a table askew, upon further investigation he found a tunnel underneath that the prisoners were digging to make an escape. The prisoners were devastated when all their hard work was for naught, however Bill was very proud that their plans were foiled.
Bill married Bev Lane in 1983. She already had a young daughter, and he was more than happy to help in raising her as his own. Bill was a hard worker and always provided for his family, often working long hours. He took care of everyone else, but neglected his own health; to the point he had to retire due to health issues.
Bill was a loving and proud father/grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with his family. We will miss his entertaining stories, sense of humor, advice and laughter and all that made him unique and special to us. He was an avid Harry Potter super fan and enjoyed watching Harry Potter, Sci-fi movies and war documentaries.
Bill is survived by his Mother; Alice Elliott, Brothers; John and Mark Elliott, Sister; Mary Jensen, Daughter; Leah Harrington, Son in Law; Mike Harrington, Grandchildren; Justin and Morgan Harrington, longtime friend Kenny Reese and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Even though they were divorced, Bev was a live in caregiver for the past 2 years as Bill’s health declined. I would like to thank her for helping him so that he could remain at home. I would also like to thank Dr. William Gordon Gillespie, and Dr. David Shaw for all their excellent care and support.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in his honor.
At his request, a private celebration will take place in Anaconda: Spring of 2018. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service of Salem, Oregon.
“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again”.