Elliott, Richard M.

June 7, 1920 - August 3, 2019

America has lost another one of the outstanding military men from the Greatest Generation. Lt. Col. Richard M. Elliott USMC (Ret) passed away August 3, 2019.  He was 99 years old.  He was born in 1920 in Brickton, KS.  He lived in Vernon, Texas and graduated from Vernon High School in 1937.  He attended Rice University and Texas A & M.  In 1940 he joined the US Marine Corps and was called to active duty in April of 1942.  Lt. Col. Elliott spent most of WWII in the South Pacific participating in the Marine campaigns as a Combat Engineer.  He also served as Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment aboard the USS Midway at the time of her commissioning.  During the Korean Conflict he was involved in the Wonsan amphibious landing and the battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

During the war while in San Diego he met Nettie V. Peterson and they were married in Annapolis, MD in March 1947. Richard and Nettie were married 72 years and have three children, Barbara, Richard, and Kathryn.  They also have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Lt. Col. Elliott completed his military career participating in the nuclear testing in the American desert and the South Pacific.  While stationed in Albuquerque, NM he completed his college degree that was interrupted by WWII, earning a BBA from the University of New Mexico.  He retired in 1962 after 23 years, 2 months and 22 days as a US Marine.  He then went to work for Texas Instruments for the next 25 years.  He enjoyed many hobbies after retirement and traveled with his wife.  His life and experiences were amazing.

The funeral service will be on Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 271 Walton Street, in Richardson, TX.  The internment will be at the Dallas/Ft Worth National Cemetery, Grand Prairie, TX.  The service will be at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
(214) 306-6700

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Dick was a neighbor for over 40 years and the most caring and thoughtful human being. It is such a pity that we cannot have more living individuals surround us like him. I will miss him terribly and remember him always.

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