John F. Elliott, 87, Lenexa, Kan., Musician/Teacher, passed away June 24, 2013. John was born April 21, 1926, in Kansas City, Kan., son of Dr. John A. and Anna M. Elliott. He attended area grade schools and graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and after his tour of duty, he enrolled at Kansas University. There he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He continued his education at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and graduated in 1950 with a degree in composition. While at the Conservatory, he met his wife, Betty. They were married in 1950. He created and taught his own method of jazz and other music theory. His lessons have been copied. His teaching was special and that is his legacy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jane Raidl. He leaves his wife, Betty, of their home; his nephew, John Alan Raidl; and his niece, Janell Daurio; also a great niece and nephew. Inurnment at Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Private services. He has asked that there be no flowers or other memorials. "And the night shall be filled with music and the cares that infest the day. . .shall silently steal away." HWL Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, Overland Park, Kan., (913) 451-1860.