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ELLIOTT, Robert Michael "Mike" - b. April 10, 1944 - d. January 12, 2022

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Robert Michael "Mike" Elliott, son of James Patrick Elliott and Gladys Ruth (McNair) Elliott, was born in Santa Maria, California on April 10, 1944.  He entered eternity on January 12, 2022 after a nearly seven-year battle with cancer and many other physical afflictions which he endured with admirable courage and resignation.

Mike graduated from Howard High School in Howard, Kansas in 1962 and the University of Kansas in 1967 with a B.S. in Education.  He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.  Mike taught in the Topeka, Kansas Public Schools at Whitson, Quinton Heights, Landon Junior High, and Topeka West High School.  He was a beloved but tough teacher of physical education and health.  He coached football, basketball, and wrestling.  Mike eventually left the teaching profession and became a general contractor for home construction, forming his own company, Elliott Construction.

Mike always yearned to fly airplanes.  In the early 1970s, he achieved this dream by earning both private and commercial pilot licenses.  In his earthly life, he especially enjoyed the great outdoors.  Motorcycling and ATVing in Colorado with family and friends, downhill skiing, deer hunting, and fishing were among his favorite activities.

Mike was a member of the Assumption Chapel parish of St. Mary's Academy and College, St. Marys Kansas.  He died peacefully after receiving all the traditional sacraments of the Catholic Church including the Apostolic Blessing.

Mike was devoted to his wife, daughter, grandchildren, and friends.  He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of nearly 40 years, Mary Katheryn (Vinette); daughter, Ann Marie (Vince) Riccomini; grandchildren, Zachary, Alexis, Xavier, Isaac, Emma, Vinny, and Tony; sister, Denise (Ed) Theis; nephews, Steve, Chris, and Jon Elliott and their families; nieces, Michelle Harrod and Marie Strickler and their families; numerous; cousins; and many acquaintances and friends including his two close friends, Ron Davis and Joe Hemmer.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Patrick "Sonny" Elliott, Jr.

Mike will lie in state from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Piper Funeral Home.  A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday at Assumption Chapel, 200 E. Mission, St. Marys, Kansas.  Requiem Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Assumption Chapel.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Church Project.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

(taken from the Piper Funeral Home website)

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