John Tyler Elliott
August 7, 1920 – April 30, 2018
John Tyler Elliott, 97, of Winter Springs, Florida, passed away on April 30, 2018. He was born on August 7, 1920, at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. He graduated from Bel Air High School in Maryland, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on D Day, June 6, 1944. He was a West Point Military Academy graduate. John served as a Field Artillery officer in both World War II and the Korean War. He retired as lieutenant colonel in 1965. Following his tenure in the US Army, "Jack" became a successful stock broker for A.G. Edwards Financial Services Company, a career which spanned over thirty years. He married Marguerite Moeller Elliott on October 29, 1949. They raised four children together. John was an avid bicyclist who was an active member of the Bicycle of America Club. In that capacity, he organized and participated in many bicycling tours across the United States and Europe. At the age of 80, he drove his bike from the southern to northern-most tip of the United Kingdom, a distance of 1300 miles. John was the son of Lowell and Marion Moeller Elliott. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 68 years, who died peacefully on April 25, 2018. He is survived by his children, sons Frederick Tyler Elliott and wife, Susan, of Woodbridge, Virginia and Robert Moeller and wife, Susan, of Woodbridge, Virginia and Robert Moeller Elliott of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and daughter Marian Louise Elliott and wife Natalie Neilson of Coventry, Rhode Island. Grandchildren include Rebecca Elliott, Sarah Elliott Foster, David Elliott, Marilyn Elliott, Laura Elliott, Jenny Elliott, and Emily Elliott, and five great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 4, 2018
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May 4, 2018
Jack was a Florida Freewheeler, and on the first ride I took with the Freewheelers in 2007. Jack dutifully served his country. Many of us admire that service, and he was properly proud of that service. But the only outward hint of his military career was the "Beat Navy" bumper sticker on his car.
I knew him as a friendly man who liked riding with his friends Bea and Billy. He helped reignite my interest in cycling.
I hope that his family and friends don't find the next story too irreverent, but it is my favorite Jack story. A few years back, Jack was on a ride, but, as he often did, he rode at his own pace. Consequently he would fall back, then catch up at at the rest stops. Several of the riders implored him to keep his phone on so they could check up on him during the ride. A little annoyed that that they were pampering him a bit, Jack announced, "I spent four year in Europe while four and a half million Nazi were trying to kill me. I think I can handle the streets of Central Florida. "
I will remember him as kind man who was always glad to see his friends.
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