Thomas E. Elliott Jr.


OREGON – Our Beloved “Papa” Tom (H.B.) Elliott, 65, of Oregon passed away from a short illness on June 30, 2024 with family and friends by his side.  He was an avid hunter (his home is full of many prized mounted trophies).

In his younger years, he was a hopeful seeker of Morrell mushrooms and willingly shared them with others. For many years at Easter he enjoyed coloring several dozens of eggs and giving them to special people, bringing smiles to their faces.

Tom had pride in having paid in to social security starting in 1973, until his forced retirement, due to disability in 2019.  He had lifetime friendships with very special guys (you know who you are). They were with him through all of life’s trials, both good and bad, that he faced right up until the end.

Tom is survived by his daughter Chenelle (Sweetpea), her husband Matt Benton and grandchildren Sawyer, twin girls Paisley and Laura; his son Garrett, his wife Nicole, grandsons Lane, Christian, and Cruz; his sister Esther Sanders (Tulsa, OK); step-mother Liz Elliott and daughters Kathy (Rob), their girls Kayla and Kristen; and Karen (Rich), as well as his “Missouri, chosen families and friends” He is preceded in death by his father Tom Sr., his mother Leona Sanders and brother Gary Sanders. 

Tom will be laid to rest beside his cherished White Pines Ranch located at 3581 W Pines Rd, Oregon, IL in a graveside service at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, with Pastor Luke Schier and Andee Brehm officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home 110 South 7th Street in Oregon, Illinois. 

Tom’s request is “NO FLOWERS/PLANTS” – If you want to do “something in his memory”, please donate to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL.  A celebration of Tom’s well lived life will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at White Pines Ranch, 3581 W Pines Rd Oregon, IL 61061.  To leave an online condolence please visit