Timothy Gene Elliott

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Timothy Gene Elliott

Timothy Gene Elliott, 59 of Overland Park, Kansas, died after a long-fought battle with brain cancer January 19, 2019, at Kansas City Hospice House. He was born December 5, 1959, in McPherson, Kansas, the son of Gene and Rhonda Elliott.

Tim grew up in Hutchinson, graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1978 as a State Champion wrestler his senior year. During that time he set up his first business venture with a friend, The Cracker Shack, which was a popular spot for buying fireworks. He moved on to the University of Kansas and became a brother in the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Earning his undergraduate degree in business in 1982, he followed that up with Juris Doctor (JD) in law in 1985. He worked hard to become a highly respected attorney and served his clients as long as he was able.

A lifelong KU fan, he enjoyed attending basketball and football games to cheer on the Jayhawks. He was also a passionate supporter of both the Royals and Chiefs. Tim married the love of his life, Stephanie Witt, in 1986. After living and working in Topeka for a bit, they settled in Overland Park. In addition to Stephanie's children Alicia and Jordan Billings, they grew their family by adding Megan (Elliott) Machen and Michael Elliott to the clan.

Tim was an Eagle Scout and remained involved in Boy Scouts and Venture Crew throughout the years. He was also a devoted member of Ascension Catholic Church and gave back to the community by serving at the food kitchen and through the prison ministry.

He was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma brain tumor in May of 2008. Mere months after his first surgery, he became involved in Kansas City Head for the Cure and participated in a 5K fundraiser. Over the next 10 years, Tim passionately raised money for brain cancer research through Team Elliott. He also served as a member of the board since 2017 and was one of their biggest supporters. In April 2018, he participated in a clinical trial using 5-ALA as an optical imaging agent prior to surgery to light up the tumor for improved tissue removal so he could help others in his situation after he was gone.

Tim is preceded by his mother Rhonda, brother-in-law CE Witt, and mother-in-law Bobbie Witt. Surviving in addition to his wife Stephanie and father Gene, are his siblings Kip Elliott and wife Polly of Nashville and Jodee (Elliott) Bowen and husband Kevin of Hutchinson; father-in-law Cecil Witt and wife Karen of Russell; children Alicia Billings and husband Toby Mitchell of Newport, Oregon, Jordan Billings and wife Heather of Olathe, Megan (Elliott) Machen and husband Ben of Overland Park, and son Michael Elliott of Overland Park; and grandchildren Audrey Billings, Olive Mitchell, Elliott Machen, and Hudson Machen. He has a large extended family full many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in-law.

A service of remembrance will be held at Ascension Catholic Church in Overland Park on Thursday, January 24. There will be a rosary at 8:30 am, visitation from 9-10 , mass at 10 am with a luncheon at the church to follow. The interment will take place at 1 pm in the Holy Family Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa. All are welcome to a celebration of life at Johnny's Tavern at 95th and Antioch from 5-8 pm. Those who wish to remember Tim in a special way may donate in his memory to Head for the Cure, please click here