Jon Alan Elliott
July 23, 1948 – October 24, 2022
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 23, 1948, to parents Robert (Bob) and June (Waggener) Elliott and older brother R. Michael Elliott. Moved to Omaha at the age of four where he later attended Loveland Elementary and Westside High School (class of ’66). Jon met his wife-to-be, Barbara Robbie, in economics class their senior year. Later that year, Jon asked her to go the senior prom which was held at the Livestock Exchange Building. Jon made it official in college at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, their freshman year, to ask Barb to go steady. This is where their love story began, and they were able to celebrate 52 years of marriage together. Jon (and Barb) graduated college in 1970 then Jon went on to attain his Juris Doctorate in 1972, both from UNL.
On June 13, 1970, in Omaha, Jon and Barb wed on a sunny, beautiful day. The happy couple rode away from the church in Jon’s grandfather’s mint condition 1929 Model A Ford. While attending law school Jon joined the Army ROTC. Jon and Barb moved to Omaha after law school where Jon started his law practice career at Nelson & Harding in 1972. In 1973, Jon attended Ordinance Officer Training for the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland where they saw Secretariat race in Preakness the year he won the triple crown. Jon remained in the Army Reserves and later the Jag Corp through March 1980. After practicing law for 10 years, Jon spent a significant amount of his career as a Chief Financial Officer for various companies and sold life insurance before retirement in 2015.
Jon and Barb have three daughters Jennifer, Allison, and Kimberly. They also have five beautiful grandchildren all out of Omaha. Jennifer and husband Quinn Osborne have 3 children Katelyn (22), Emma (19), and Breck (15). Allison and husband Alex Jambor have two children, Lillian (12) and Emerson (11). Jon was thrilled to get some more boys in the family after raising three daughters!
The joy of their lives has been to see their children and grandchildren grow up while attending all their extracurricular activities throughout the years. They loved spending time with friends having dinner groups, going to Husker football games playing bridge, and golfing. Jon and Barb have been avid Husker fans all their lives and continue to enjoy watching any-and-all Nebraska sporting events. Fun fact, Jon sat in the knot hole section at Memorial Stadium for $0.50 per game as a kid to watch the Huskers play and later had reserved seats in the West stadium most of his life. They loved traveling over the years too, from the time the girls were young to go skiing and hiking in Colorado, visiting family in Chicago, to golfing in California and Arizona. In the early years Jon and Barb were lucky to get to travel to Cape Cod, D.C., Boston, NYC, Hawaii, and Aruba. More recently they took a fun road trip adventure to see all the Big 10 college football stadiums.
While Jon continued to have many cherished relationships, even dating all the way back to his elementary years, Jon loved his family most of all. His nephew Mike and niece Susan held a special place in his heart even from afar. Known for his jovial disposition and quick wit, Jon was a history buff, math whiz, avid reader, music enthusiast, and sports fanatic. Jon was known to have a great sense of humor and to always give out sound advice. “You don’t have to be good, just pretend to be good.” He had nothing but love for all those that were part of his life. All those who knew Jon, loved Jon dearly and he will be missed very much.
There will be a private family service to be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to The American Heart Association in Jon’s honor here: https://ahatribute.funraise.org/fundraiser/jennifer-osborne?fundraiserPrompt=2793735
Thank you for all the incredible outpouring of love and support at this difficult time. It means to world to us all!
- Barb, Jen, Alli, Kim and family