DIX, NE — A good man, father, friend and public servant. That’s how Wayne Elliott will be remembered.
"He was a man that was really devoted to his community," Dix Fire Chief Walter Kielian said. "He loved being part of this community."
Wayne Elliott left quite the impact on the western Nebraska town of Dix. In a span of about 30 years, he served as a volunteer firefighter, fire chief and mayor among other positions, including village board member.
Kielian says Elliott had a positive impact on many.
"First off, he was friendly," Kielian said. "He was willing to serve his community all the way around."
Monday that was evident as representatives from multiple departments in the area and the red knights motorcycle club attended Elliott’s funeral.
Born in Gordon, Neb. and a graduate of Kimball High School, Elliott moved to Wyoming after retiring from his job at Clean Harbors in 2019. In Nebraska's western neighbor, he served with the Laramie County Fire Department as support staff.
Kielian says even in retirement, Elliott was a great mentor for him.
"He guided me through the process of becoming a firefighter and then eventually becoming fire chief when he retired from the fire department," Kielian said. "There are many times I'm going to feel lost without having him as a resource to come back to. He was a good man."
The family is asking people make donations to the Dix Fire Department in lieu of flowers.
You can read Elliott's obituary here.
Photos of Wayne used in this story are credited to the Elliott family. All photos used are also included on Wayne Elliott's obituary page.