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John M. Elliott Jr
1945 - 2018
John M. Elliott Jr was born in Rockford, Illinois on February 16, 1945. He suffered an initial
heart attack on May 31 at his favorite place on earth, the Dairy Depot in Loves Park, and
passed away at Swedish American Hospital on June 14, 2018, where God graced us with two
remarkable weeks together before calling him Home.
John graduated from Harlem High School, attended Rock Valley College, served four years in
the U.S. Air Force, and worked at Woodward from 1965 to 2000. After early retirement from
Woodward, John and his loving wife Diane purchased the Dairy Depot, and he also began
work as a consultant for American Governor as a leading expert on hydraulic turbine controls.
John was truly "salt of the earth." He loved community service with all his heart, ranging from
working for over 20 years as a volunteer firefighter for the Loves Park Volunteer Fire
Department to serving on the Boards for the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, Winnebago
County, Harlem School, and Salvation Army. In addition, he was a Trustee for the Village of
Machesney Park, President of the Parks Chamber of Commerce, and a Booster of the Young
at Heart Festival.
John's Angels in Heaven include his father John Elliott Sr, his mother Myrtle (Wiles) Elliott, his
nephew Joel Redenius, and his mentor John Krevel.
Loved ones include Diane (Anderson) Elliott (wife of 42 years); Steve Elliott (son); Tonya
Lamia (step-daughter); Gary (Judi) Elliott (brother); Donna (Jim) Carlson and Carolyn
Redenius (sisters-in-law); Vera Adams, Cameo (Steve) Baehler, Amanda Carlson, Andrea
(Tom) Farone, Kristin (Dean) Bice, and Dana (Mossy) Vaughn (nieces); and Greg (Shelley)
Carlson and Donald Swagger (nephews). He is also survived by great-nieces, great-nephews,
his Dairy Depot family, and so many wonderful family and friends.
John was recently asked "who is your mentor?" He answered without hesitation "my spouse!"
When asked about Dairy Depot, he stated "of all our accomplishments over the years, owning
the Dairy Depot has truly been the most rewarding and most fulfilling experience of our lives."
Prior to passing, John met with Diane and long-time employee Brittany Artz to ensure the
Dairy Depot legacy will continue under Brittany's leadership.
Visitation will be from 4 - 7 PM on Thursday, June 21 with Celebration of Life and Funeral
Service at 10:30 AM (Visitation 9:30 AM) on Friday, June 22 - both at Riverside Community
Church, 6816 North 2nd Street in Machesney Park. John will be laid to rest at Highland
Garden of Memories in Belvidere.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help establish a permanent tribute to John
with a new beautification project along the North 2nd Street corridor in Loves Park. Please mail
to: John M. Elliott Memorial Fund, c/o Stillman Bank, 5250 Bridge Street, Roscoe IL 61073.

Condolences & Shared Memories (2)

  1. hank wright

    john the memories of our poker nights and that darn old slot machine that would never pay out, will be with me the rest of my remaining years, may you have gotten to heaven half hour before the devil knew you were gone.Good friends like you only come along once in a lifetime.

  2. Terry & Laurie Podeszwa & family

    Oh what a treat it was to visit the band shelter on a Tuesday or Thursday night and then move on up the road to the Dairy Depot for the flavor of the day where we were always welcomed by John or Diane. Because of our past work history of working in Hydro, at Woodward, John almost always came out to talk to us, always asking how the twins were doing. That's the kind of man he was. We were certainly saddened to hear of his heart attack and shocked to hear of his passing. we pray that God, in His Grace and Mercy, will give the family the peace that passes all understanding during his sad time.

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