Rolla J. “Jack” Elliott

January 07, 1925 ‒ March 27, 2020

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Rolla J. “Jack”  Elliott Jr., 95, of Ontario passed away Friday March 27, 2020 following an extended illness.

            The son of Rolla J. Elliott Sr. and Maude (Cotter) Elliott, Jack was born January 7, 1925 and grew up in Ontario.  A talented athlete, he excelled on the basketball and baseball teams for Springfield Township High School where he graduated in 1943.  An Army veteran, Jack served in the Pacific Theater from 1945-1946 during WWII.  He was honorably discharged.  On March 19, 1948 he married Georgia Mentzer the love of his life.

            His passion was farming.  Jack loved the daily tasks and responsibilities as a farmer, raising Hereford cattle and working the land.  He was most at peace on his Farmall tractor.  Hard working, for over 30 years he also worked for the Village of Ontario.  He was also one of the first members of the Springfield Township/Ontario volunteer fire department.

            Jack was a lifelong member of Ontario United Methodist Church.  He was the last surviving charter member of the Ontario Lions Club.  Jack cheered for the Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes, and genuinely loved sports.  He was a loving and supportive father and grandfather and could always be seen proudly cheering for his grandchildren.

            He is survived by his daughters Dawn (Pat) LaSusa of Ontario and Diane (Steve) Andrews of Martinsburg; grandsons Phillip LaSusa and Tyler LaSusa and his fiancée Liana Friscic; special nephew Jim Smith, and extended family.

            He was preceded in death by his wife Georgia.

            Private graveside services will be held in Ontario Cemetery.  The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the family with services.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Ontario United Methodist Church or Ontario Lions Club may be made through the funeral home.

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  • My condolences to Dawn and her family! Your father was a great man and it has shown thru you .May you find peace that he has been reunited with the love of his life. Now together they will continue to watch over you all! Prayers and God Bless

  • My deepest sympathy to the family… Jack was a very good man and pillar in our community…he loved his family dearly…I believe you could give the man a date from the past and he could tell you what he was doing that day…his memory was stellar…I always enjoyed conversations with Jack…he will be truly missed…prayers for the family.

  • Jack and family was my neighbor , he owned the farm across the street. I have so many found memories of him and family . My brothers and I helped put his cattle back into his field. He turned over our garden every year and we helped him bail hay.We were so touched when Jack and his wife came to my father’s showing after he had passed. I remember how good they looked. My deepest condolences to the family, may God comfort you during this difficult time . I will keep you in my prayers. Ed.

  • Pat, Dawn and families, you have our deepest sympathy! Your family is such a great family. So sorry for your loss. Many prayers for all.
    Brent and Lori Stephenson

  • Dawn, Pat, Phillip, Tyler and Liana,
    Sorry to hear the sad news.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in your time of need and healing.
    Cousin Debbie

  • To the entire family, Jack was a good man and friend to all of us. His smile will stick with me forever.
    To Jack , we have it from here be at peace, until we meet again.

  • Elliot Family, Jack was an inspiration to many a young man in my generation. His work ethic, sense of humor and the example he set as a good Christian man helped shape our future. For that we are forever grateful. The world could use a few more “Jack’s”. May God bring peace and blessings to your wonderful family as Jack’s legacy lives on through all of us. Jerry Shaum

  • Dear Family, I am so sorry in loosing Uncle Jack. I have so many fond memories of him. May God bless you and be with you in this time of need! ❣️

  • I grew up on Beverly lane so Jack was “the farmer down the road”. He would always wave as he would go by on his tractor . We didn’t talk till I was old enough to hunt rabbits ,squirrels and trap so I asked him permission to do that on his farm. He was nice enough to grant that. It sure was nice of him to trust a neighbor kid that he really didn’t know and that was fun way to enjoy the outdoors, learn responsibilities, obey game laws and a great way for a young school boy to make some money. Thank you Mr. Elliott , Rest In Peace. Bill Flanegan Jr.

  • Dawn and Family,
    We are all thinking of you and your family at this time. Your Dad and my worked together and were friends outside of work. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Deepest sympathy to the Elliott family in the loss of your dad. No matter the age, it’s still difficult. I know you feel grateful for his long life. He and your mom were good friends and neighbors to our family. He will be missed by many. Cindie Hellinger Phelps

  • Jack along with Cleo Taylor, Charlie Shafer, and George Harriman were all kind and a guiding influence to me when I became a Lions Club member 16 years ago, and instilled in me what Lions are all about. I consider these men “the salt of the earth”, and miss all of them. We had so much fun “kidding” each other and working together over the years. They were all part of what I believe to be this country’s “greatest generation”, and are all with our Lord now. What a blessing it has been to know them.

  • To the family of Jack Elliott ,
    So sorry To hear of the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.The Walker Families, Alice,Bob & Mattie,Janie&Tad,Vicki & Vaughn

  • Diane, Dawn & family. Your dad was nice man and I truly enjoyed working with Jack, Harold Cotter, Merle Orewiler, Jim Chambers on Street Dept. We joked around but when it was time to work we worked and Jack definitely had good work ethics. He would always tease me on missing ground hogs that was around the old barn. I will truly miss him. I love you Jack!

  • Dawn and family:
    Sorry to have learned of the passing of your father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Over the years, the times I spoke to your dad were always enjoyable, and appreciated his keen sense of humor. May God strengthen and comfort you as you mourn his passing. God bless you.