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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”.


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we were so sorry to hear that Bill had passed, he was such a caring guy and loved you all very much.
it is only temporary until you all see each other again. Our deepest condolences.
Dave and Pat Harrington 

So sorry to here about your dad,Bill Elliott,I know I haven't been around for a long time, but I remember him he was a great person and love his kids very much,he is going to be miss very much rest in heaven let the angel watch over him Gloria blair

My big brother I miss you already. The wonderful memories we all shared together. You were surrounded by good friends, Kenny, Terry Durkin, many others. You made everyone laugh. You were a brave young man volunteering for the Marines and going to Vietnam. America is finally thanking the brave men and women who sacrificed. It took a long time for America to say thank you. I'm proud of you Bill. Mom said to say she loves you.I love you. God Bless you. Your Sister.

Love to all my cousins. So sorry to hear about Bill. God bless. Karen and Rick (Clark) Weaver

Sorry for your lost. I may not have known him, but we were related.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. We are thinking of you!

Best wishes to your family. Bill loved his work at the Penitentiary and was a dedicated to public safety.  Bill was a great story teller and could make his own life experience come alive.  

Bill was a good man. He always had time to talk and help others. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years. He taught me a lot when I first started. He will be welcomed in the kingdom of heaven. R.I.P. brother..

RIP Bill.  Heaven is richer for your presence and we are poorer for your leaving.

I worked with Bill, at OSP, in fact he was probably for first to say hi to me.  I learned a lot from him when I was able to work with him.  He was a very gentle man and had very good people skills.

Sorry for your loss. Worked with Bill for 20 years at OSP. Had a great sense of humor and was always sending me email jokes. I'll miss him. Thoughts and prayers to you. 

I am very sorry to hear of your loss, I worked with  this young Correctional Officer at O.S.P>. He was a good man and very kind person, he will be missed by all. 


I loved working with Bill.  He had an unusual knack for interjecting humor into almost any situatlon while still focusing on the smallest of details.  He was one of the very best, and it was an honor and privilege to call him a coworker and a friend.

Great Man and also a brother in two carriers the Marines and Corrections RIP Bill you will be missed. Semper Fi my brother.

Rest in Peace Brother Bill. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to your family and frineds. Go with the gratitude of many for your service to others. I am thankful and respectful, for and to, your service in the military, police and corrections. Thank you for answering the call of a Guardian for the majority of your life, you succeeded in making a differance to the greater good of all.

I started the same year as Bill. He was a great man. So kind and funny. I loved working alongside him. Even if he would run into me when going to break up a fight. He would always say “sorry Cari” but I always wondered if he was trying to slowdown me down to protect me. So sorry for your loss.

I worked with Bill at OSP and what I remember most about him is the sparkle in his eye when he was telling stories.  He would guide and support staff.  He was kind, helpful and a good man.

Bill," Idj ", Elliott was my dearest and bestest friend in High School, throughout the years we shared a ton of laughs, a few cries, but most of all happiness. We were in the Mt Army National Guard together after we both were discharged from active duty. Although I was Army, I didn't let that bother him. We both started our careers on corrections at the Montana State Prison.  I hired him as one of My Police Officers in E Helena, MT , sadly, I had to leave E Helena to attend a Military School. That's where Bill and I lost contact with each other. I always remembered the great big laugh, the silver tooth and his wonderful personality. RIP My Dear Friend.

Bill I miss you.