Arnold Ray Elliot was born on September 3, 1921 in Mentor, Minnesota, the son of George J. Elliot and Millie H. Steefer. He left this life on March 6, 2013 at Loma Linda Nursing Home in Moberly, Missouri, at the age of 91½.
Ray was married to Irene Rutledge on March 2, 1942. This union produced Arnold C. Elliot, Harold W. Elliot, David L. Elliot and Ann L. Elliot.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Judson and Frances Elliot; and a great-great grandchild.
He is survived by his former wife, Irene; two sisters, Ila Donaldson of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mary Mason of Memphis, Tennessee; his children, Arnold of Gravette, Arkansas, Harold and wife Roselyn of Kansas City, Missouri, David and wife Cindy of Norwood, Missouri, and Ann and husband Ray Roach of Moberly, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Ray, known as Razor by many, was a veteran of World War II and lived as a farmer in Wright County most of his life. He loved horses, hunting, and fishing and enjoyed the bantering of a good swap. He was probably best known for the smiles he gave to others with his funny poems and sayings, like “I am just trying to do right.” After retiring from the farm life he was employed by Wright County Housing Authority and was a semi-finalist for Missouri Older Worker of the Year for 1992 and 1993.
Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the funeral chapel with Daniel Hull officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Penner, Daniel Hull, David Virtue, Jimmy Melton, Gary Carder and Chaston Elliot. Interment with full military honors was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help prevent child abuse to: Children’s Trust Fund?, P.O. Box 1641, Jefferson City, MO 65102; put Ray’s name in the memo section.