Obituary published Oct. 29, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger
Warren F. Elliott (12 Aug 46 – 27 Oct 10) died suddenly on Wednesday, at his home in Columbia, Mo. at age 64.
Warren held many jobs in his life, but found his real calling as the driver for Machens Toyota’s courtesy van – a position that enabled him to fully embody the Optimists’ ideal of wearing a cheerful expression at all times and giving a smile to every living creature you meet. It was not a job that he took lightly, despite his claims of ‘just driving the van,’ and he considered himself the first line in public relations not just for Machens but for the city as a whole.
He loved music, and shared his infectious enthusiasm for it with the community as a member of several local bands – The Dun-Ells, The Raggedy Grass String Band, The Dirt Road Rascals, Me and Him, Four-Wheel Drive and Salty Dogs among others. Like his family, these bands feel lessened by the loss of their companion, member and friend.
It’s cliché to say that those who knew Warren loved him, but with Warren it held true. His ready smile and quick wit made friends easily, and his ability to be true to the best in himself guaranteed that the world was on his side. Among those left behind are his wife Patricia, daughters Dianne and Rebecca, sons-in-law Jeff and John, granddaughters Kelsey and Sarah, and friends Fred, Phyllis, Scott, Kurt, Hector, Dan, Tim, the Dunwoody clan, and the entire Machens Toyota community of workers and customers.
At this time, plans for a celebration of Warren’s life are incomplete – please contact (573) 620-1324 for information.