Richard D. Elston
Richard D. Elston, 81, Hays, died Monday, February 6, 2012 at the Hays Medical Center.
He was born February 6, 1931 in Kirksville, Missouri the son of Lester and Lois (Harris) Elston. On December 19, 1954 he married Norvella Deaver in Fowler, KS. He and his wife moved to Hays in 1957 while he was working for Welex, later Haliburton Oil. He also worked for Linenberger Construction before opening No Pest Inc. in 1984. He was a US Army veteran, a member of the North Oak Community Church, the Fowler American Legion, a past 4H leader, member of the Kansas Pest Association and the National Pest Association.
Survivors include his wife, Norvella, of the home in Hays, daughter Deanna Rupp and her husband Kim of Hays, grandchildren Taryn and Bryson Rupp of Hays, and sisters, Berniece Smith of Kirksville, MO and Lucille Doyle of Benedict, KS. He was preceded in death by brothers, Orville, Don and Walter Elston and sister Mildren Mitten.
Memorial services will be at 11 am on Friday, February 10, 2012 at the North Oak Community Church, Hays, with military honors by the Hays American Legion. Friends may call on Thursday from 6:30 until 8 pm at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home on Friday from 10 am until service time at the church. The family suggests memorials to the North Oak Community Church, the Thomas More Society or to Hospice of Hays Medical Center, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at