Philip Parker "Butch" Elliott, 66, of Troy, Ill., born Feb. 28, 1948, in East St. Louis, Ill., to Theodore and Mary Alice, nee Parker, Elliott, passed away June 17, 2014 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
A lifelong organic farmer, Butch operated the family farm "Nature's Way Farm," raising sheep and chickens, keeping bees, and growing organic vegetables. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of Highland Masonic Lodge. Butch retired from Granite City Steel after 38 years of employment. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and gardening. Butch was a devoted, caring, and ever-supportive father to his four sons. His nine grandchildren brought much joy to their "Grandpa Farmer."
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Cedric Jones.
Surviving are his beloved wife Sherri, nee Cobb, Elliott, of Troy; sons, Christopher Elliott of Shiloh, Philip (Jennifer) Elliott of Houston, Texas, Nathan (Ronnette) Elliott of Moweaqua, Ill., and Daniel (Jennie) Elliott of Troy; his much loved grandchildren, Ethan, Elijah, Elaine, Grace, Graham, Parker, Cooper, Noble, and Paisley; sisters, Nancy Jones of Red Bud, Ill., Mary Kay Elliott of Belleville, Ill., and Jacqueline "Susie" Donahue of Lebanon; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Cobb of O'Fallon.
Memorial donations in memory of Butch are suggested to Shriner's Hospital or American Liver Foundation. Online condolences may be offered at www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon, Ill.
Funeral: Masonic services conducted by AF&AM Lodge 583 will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at the funeral home with a prayer service to follow officiated by Rev. Kurt Stone.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Wolfersberger Funeral Home - O'Fallon
102 West Washington Street O'Fallon, IL 62269
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from June 19 to June 20, 2014