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George R. Elliott

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:45 am

George Robb Elliott, age 95, of Burley, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley.

He was born on March 20, 1918, in Boise, Idaho, the son of Edward G. “Pete” and Jessie Robb Elliott.  He grew up out in the country between Boise and Meridian and as a young boy, delivered newspapers each morning on his bicycle before going to school.  He graduated from Cole Grade School and Boise High School.  He then attended the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.  He graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.  He then worked for the Boise Payette Lumber Company until 1942, when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp.  He served in the Army Air Corp until 1946 and then served from 1950 until 1952 in the United States Air Force.  His wish was to fly but he couldn’t due to the fact that he was color blind.

In 1955, George joined his brother, Ed, in the family business known as Elliott’s John Deere in Burley.  They worked together until 1984 when he retired.

On Aug. 29, 1969, George married C. Kelly Elliott in Carson City, Nev., and they enjoyed 45 years together.  They enjoyed bowling, golfing, and traveling in their R.V.  They were able to travel from the tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Mexico and loved every minute if it.  They built a home in Sun City West, Ariz., and spent the winter months in Arizona and the summer months in Idaho.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Burley, and was a member of the Rupert Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Elliott of Burley; his nieces and nephews, Linda Groom (Peter), Ed Ellliott Jr. (Sally), Jane Meyers (Rob), Laura Elliott, and Charles Elliott (Kathleen); Kelly’s children, Robert Hylton (Colleen), Doris Drury, Florence Lane, and Shirley Stevens (Larry); ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ed; and a sister, Dorothy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2100 Burton Ave., in Burley, with the Rev. Josyph A. Andrews officiating.  Military rites will be provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the University of Idaho Physics Department.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.