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Vernon Clare Elliott, Jr.

Vernon Clare Elliott Jr. 81, passed away Wednesday March 29, 2023 in Harrisonville, MO.

He was born in Chanute, KS on August 28, 1941 to Vernon Sr. and Celia (Gribbens) Elliott.

Vern graduated from NE High School in Kansas City and joined the United States Navy in November 1960 and served until May of 1965.

On August 7, 1964, he married Luanne (Snow), and they shared 58 wonderful years together. They moved from Oak Grove to Holden in August of 1967 and raised their son Carl on the farm.

Vern was a rural mail carrier until his retirement in September of 2001. He was a farmer and long-time member of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association. He was instrumental in organizing what is now known as the Johnson County Fire Protection District #2. From 1968 until his retirement on November 11, 2012, he was a staple of the fire department.

Vern also had a love of antique engines and was a lifetime member of the CAFMCO-Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors Organization. Luanne said he just liked to hear the old engines run. Swap meets were another pastime he enjoyed.

He loved finding things he “needed”. Vern was blessed with two grandsons that were his pride and joy. He was an amazing husband, father, grandpa, and friend. Vern will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Vern is survived by his wife Luanne Elliott of the home; son Carl Vernon Elliott and wife Erin of Holden; 2 grandsons Landen and Bryson of Holden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 half-sisters Betty Wayne and Peggy O’Neil.

The family will have a visitation on Sunday April 2, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at Campbell-Cast Funeral Home in Holden, Missouri.

A funeral service will be held Monday April 3, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Wakeman officiating.

Pallbearers include Larry Atkins, Travis Crain, Jeremy Anstine, Bill Snow, Allen McClure and Chris Eagleson. Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons Landen and Bryson.

Memorial contributions may be made to CAFMCO, PO Box 17, Chilhowee, MO 64733. Online condolences may be left at

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