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Archie A. Elliott, 80, Lancaster, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Crestview Manor Nursing Home.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, a U.S. Infantryman in World War II, a member of the American Legion Post 11, and was a  retired pasteurizer after 45 years at the Tuscan Dairy, Union, N.J.

He is survived by his wife, Alexandria Elliott; daughter and son-in-law, Dotty and Kenny Drake, all of Lancaster; grandsons and wives, Scott and Sondra "Nikki" Drake, Amanda, Chad and Nikki Drake, Lancaster; and great-grandchildren, Mikaila Drake, Sonny Alexandra Drake and Camron Drake.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Elliott.

Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Thomas P. Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, where the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail will conduct services. services.

Friends may call 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Lancaster Area Parkinson's Support Group.

[Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, Ohio) 21 Jan 2003, Tue • Page 5]

[images courtesy of Natalie Herdman]

Grave markers for Archie A. and Alexandra Elliott in the Masonic Section, Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Lancaster (Fairfield county), Ohio.

Archie enlisted in the Army at Newark, NJ on 27 January 1944.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Archie arrived in the U.S. at the age of 2 on 24  April 1924.  His point of entry was Alexandria Bay, in the Thousand Islands region of northern New York state.

Pvt Elliott was assigned to Co D, 17th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Wheeler, GA.  On 7 July 1944, his petition for naturalization was granted in the District Court, Macon, GA.

Facilities at Camp Wheeler, seen here in a 1944 postal card, were the typical wooden construction as the post office and barracks shown here.
While Archie was in a training unit, Camp Wheeler was also employed to house prisoners of war.

   After completion of basic, Archie volunteered for parachutist duty.  Pfc Elliott was transferred to Company D, 508th PIR on 26 October 1945.

Archie married Alexandra Bechtel of Berlin while stationed in Germany. He returned to the U.S. and was discharged on 29 May 1946.  Alexandra, however, was unable to join him until 31 October 1948 when she arrived in New York City aboard the USAT Norwalk Victory (see line 2).

The Elliot's and daughter Dorothy visited family in Germany.  They returned from Frankfurt on 22 January 1956 aboard Pan America flight 71/22.

LANCASTER: Alexandra L. Elliott, 94, of Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the Arbors at Carroll.
   She was born June 29, 1921, in Berlin, Germany to the late Gustav and Gertrud Beichle. Alexandra met Archie Elliott at a U.S.O. center, while he was serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. She became a war bride and moved with Archie to the United States.
   Alexandra loved needlepoint and was a superb homemaker, known for always setting a beautiful table.
   She loved and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alexandra is survived by her daughter, Dorothy “Dotty” (Kenny) Drake; grandchildren, Scotty (Sondra “Nikki”) Drake and Chad (Nicole “Nikki”) Drake; and great grandchildren, Mikaila Drake, Camron Drake, Sonny Alexandra Drake, and Natalie Drake.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Elliott and her parents, Gustav and Gertrud Beichle.
   Special thank you to Dr. Brian Varney; Visiting Nurses, April Gerhardt and Brittany Thompson; and the wonderful staff at the Arbors at Carroll, RN’s Alicia, Caitlin, Jodie, and Danielle, STNA’s Cindy, Monica, Heidi, Holly, Brenda, and Matthew. Thank you to Megan, Molly, and Bill Maravy at Risch Drug Store and very special thank you to Jessica Shook.
   Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday at the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Lancaster with Reverend Cheryl Foulk officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Lancaster. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

[Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, 15 Dec 2015, Tue, Main Edition, Page A2]

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