Dallas “Tex” Elliott Jr., age 89, after bravely battling a horrible, depilating disease of dementia, went to be with the Lord on May 28, 2019 in the presence of his wife and daughter. Dallas was born in Circleville, Ohio to his parents Dallas and Dorothy (Morshauser) Elliott on February 15, 1930. He has lived in the Circleville Community most of his life graduating from Circleville High School in 1949. Dallas served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a tank driver in the Korean War from 1950-1953. He returned from the war and began working for General Electric. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ruth (Large) Elliott and upon asking her to be his partner in life; they were married on July 18, 1953. They celebrated 65 amazing and adventurous years together as soul mates in July of 2018. Dallas retired from E.I. DuPont after working for 39 years.
He was very busy helping others either doing roofing jobs, making Buckeye Beads, or just being very creative making hand carved Eagles with all fifty state quarters or the State of Ohio for each of his children and grandchildren. He was always tinkering with something and was a man on the go. In his many blessed talents, his carpentry skills led him to build 4 homes along side of his father over the years for him and his family. He brought so much joy to every life he touched. He was known for his own “Vocabulary” and oh the sounds he would love to make. Dallas loved the Lord and was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Circleville. He served as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus in 1963 and 1964. During this time, Dallas helped build a food booth for the Pumpkin Show and he ran it for 7 years. That explains his love for Pumpkin Show and his home town. In his last year celebrating the hometown reunion as he always called “Pumpkin Show”, he told everyone he was King of the Pumpkin Show because his grandson Jon set him up with a ring side seat so he could still enjoy the festivities that this festival brings while staying comfortable and warm.
One of his highlights every year was enjoying the Dynamic Mention Drum Corp. His passion for drumlines was second to none. What a thrill this brought to him. Dallas loved parties and always spoke of the parties thrown for him on his 70th birthday and his 80th birthday in Ormond Beach, Florida, his home away from home every winter. Celebrating 50 years of marriage with a Hawaiian Luau, and 60 years of marriage with a classic celebration of love, he always wanted to know when the next “Big” event would be. Playing the popular dice game “Farkle” with Paul and Ann Large and Pauline Gool and Jason Gallagher was something he always looked forward to. And we can’t forget his beloved chow dog, Chang. Dallas, a man of dignity, humor, love and devotion, all qualities that he instilled as a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he without doubt will be sadly missed by all.
Dallas has left this temporary home on earth to begin a whole and joyous life in heaven with his parents, Dallas and Dorothy (Morshauser) Elliott and nephew Stephen Dillard of Amarillo, Texas who have all preceded him in death. Those who will carry on his legacy and mourn their loss are his devoted wife, Ruth (Large) Elliott; his children Sue Ann (Ed) Bialy, Danny (Lana) Elliott, Pickerington; his sister Marcella (Rex) Perrin of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Carrie (Billy) Park of Wisconsin, Jon (Issa) Bialy, Blake (Jessica) Elliott, Pickerington; his great grandchildren Patrick, Taylor, Eloise, Charlotte, and Everett Park of Wisconsin and Kaitlyn and Luca Fullen of Circleville; nephew John (Ralynn) Perrin Austin, Texas and great niece and nephew Elliott and Jillian Perrin of Austin, TX. He will also be sadly missed by a very dear family friend, Gerry Mako of North Carolina, who was like a son to him.
He always spoke of how blessed he was with such an amazing family and remarkable friends. His final words “I have had a wonderful 89 years. God has been good to me blessing me with my wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.” The family will be honoring Dallas’s last request by holding a Catholic Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church, 134 West Mound Street at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019 with Father Ted Machnik officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Dallas chose cremation and we will have a graveside gathering and a military tribute directly after the mass at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Dallas’s memory may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Honor Flight, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of choice. Online condolences can be made to www.wellmanfuneralhomes.com.