Joseph W. Elliott

Joseph W. Elliott

Jan 1, 1929 – Jan 16, 2018

Age 89 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Born and raised in Fergus Falls, MN, attended University of North Dakota on a sports scholarship where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees. Joe was married for 63 years to Beverly Marson Elliott. Moving their family to Omaha in 1960, they raised four grateful children. Joe was a huge sports enthusiast and avid golfer as anyone who knew him would agree. He loved his Huskers, followed numerous college and high school sports, and coached kids whenever he could. He held several high school track records for years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He loved to talk sports and spend time with family at his cabins in Minnesota and Nebraska. He was active at Christ the King Catholic Church as founder of Sports Club, nocturnal adoration, and bridge club. His love for the insurance business led him to successful top positions at Aetna, Cornhusker Casualty, and InsPro. A lifetime influential insurance man, he continued to work in the insurance community into his 80s lobbying for the PIA of Nebraska. He was a long-time Rotarian. Another passion was the Boy Scouts. An Eagle/Silver Beaver recipient, he spent countless hours in all aspects including Scoutmaster, merit badge counselor, and local committee member. Joe made friends instantly through his business, sports, church and daily life with his witty, humorous and inquisitive personality. He led by integrity in all aspects of his life. He leaves many memories and will be missed by all who knew him.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and wife. He is survived by children: Marti (Mark), Gregg, Jeff (Suzanne), and Jodee; sister Mary; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and relatives; and scores of friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 19th, from 5pm to 7pm, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., Omaha. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Saturday, Jan. 20th at 10am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St. in Omaha. In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.






  • Greg Zimmer Posted January 17, 2018 5:00 pm

    •May fond memories of your father, grandfather, uncle bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were able to share these before “Buzz” passed away. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Greg Zimmer and the IIAN/Big I Nebraska Family

  • Melanie Foss Akason Posted January 17, 2018 7:31 pm

    So sad for your loss, What a lovely, fun and great man he was. The stories we used to hear were wonderful. My Dad, Mark B. Foss, will have a buddy in heaven to talk sports with.

  • Meg Foss Posted January 17, 2018 10:08 pm

    Buzz Elliot was the ultimate friend. His grace and caring ways will be missed by all. Rest In Peace.

  • Louise Lawrence Posted January 18, 2018 4:18 pm

    Naoma and I send you, and your entire family, our sympathy for the loss of your father. We are deeply sorry for your loss and hope that you find comfort in the celebration of life you will share with your family this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    We have donated to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. as indicated, in memory of Joe “Buzz” Elliott.

  • Tom Hintgen Posted January 20, 2018 7:16 pm

    We in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the hometown of Joseph (Buzz) Elliott, are proud to have Buzz as a member of the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame. He was a great high school athlete who went on to be not only a great businessman but also a wonderful husband, father and grandfather….out sincere condolences — Tom Hintgen, Fergus Falls Sports Hall of Fame co-chairman

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