Richard A. Elliston

Richard “Red” A. Elliston, 78, of Charlotte, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019, at his home. He was born August 26, 1940, in Pennfield Township in Calhoun County, the son of Richard and Florence (Corwin) Elliston. On December 23, 1977, he married Irene M. Nitz. Red was an extremely hardworking man. He retired after many years of service from GM in Lansing. When he wasn’t working at GM, he also installed siding and windows to make a few extra dollars. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and singing karaoke in his free time. 

Red is survived by his wife of 41 years, Irene; children, Kristin (Ed) Aldaco of Elkridge, Md., Eric Elliston of Lansing; step-daughter, Melissa Hillard of Charlotte; three grandchildren; and siblings, Butch (Judy) Elliston and Dorothy Pifer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Glen Wagner, Myrtie Munchbach, and Kay Hayes.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Charlotte Assembly of God, with Pastor Jordan Humbarger officiating. 

Those desiring, may make contributions in Red’s honor to Hospice of Lansing, 3186 Pine Tree Rd., Lansing, MI 48911.

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