The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 5, 2013

Richard H. “Dick” Elwell


DANVILLE — Richard H. “Dick” Elwell, 83, well-known Danville firefighter and former assistant chief who served with the department for 38 years, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Dick was born Sept. 30, 1929, in Danville to Oscar R. and Madeline Haurez Elwell.

He married Margaret “Maggie” Crane in 1950. She passed away in 1984. Dick later married Janice Pate Dec. 27, 1998, in Catlin.

Janice survives as well as one son, Richard Elwell, Bloomington; three daughters, Cindy “Dirk Reitberg” Jumps of Oakwood, Vicki Elwell of Westville and Susan (Lee) Johnson of Belleview, Neb.; one brother, Donald Gene (Ruth) Elwell of Taylorville, Utah; one brother-in-law, Keith (Jackie) Baughman of Peoria; one sister-in-law, Marie Walls of Danville; and four nephews, David Elwell, Byron Elwell, Leon Elwell and Casey Elwell.

Dick was preceded by one son, Michael; one daughter, Lisa McBee; and two grandsons, Mark and David Jumps.

Dick served in the U.S. Army and Korean Conflict. He had a passion for firefighting and pursued a career that earned him the rank of assistant chief. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local 429.

He was an avid and devoted fisherman, and loved his family and time spent with them as well as playing euchre at the Danville CRIS Center. He always had a huge tomato garden and loved sharing the bounty with family and friends.

Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday at Catlin Church of Christ, Darren Johnson to officiate. Burial with firefighter and military honors will be at Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Robison Chapel in Catlin.

Memorials to: the Brad Krauel Firefighter’s Memorial Fund, in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at:

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