Richard Ellison, 94

S. Richard Ellison, 94, of Kosciusko County, passed away at 11:35 am Monday, May 5, 2014 in his residence.He was born Sept. 10, 1919, in Huntington County to Samuel Edward and Ida Mae (Gesaman) Ellison. He was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Penn Feb. 16, 1945, in Huntington. She preceded him in death June 26, 2012.Richard graduated from Andrews High School in 1937 then he moved from Huntington to his Monroe Township Farm in 1950. He retired from farming and cleaned seed for the Kosciusko County Seed Improvement Association for many years, going to farms in Northern Indiana and Lower Michigan.He was a member of Packerton United Methodist Church and a lifelong member of Farm Bureau. He also was an avid blood donor for the Red Cross. He was “generous” and very giving of his time and resources. He made maple syrup for many years and enjoyed telling stories from childhood. Richard is survived by four daughters, Mary Lou Cotton of Syracuse, Dorothy Rutledge and Steve King of Claypool, Betty (Dan) Ormsby of Columbia City and Linda Lambert and Reg Smith of Warsaw; two sons, James (Karen) Ellison of Warsaw and Donald (Kelly) Ellison of Pierceton; three sisters, Annice Buesking of Carmel, Ruth (Wallace “Pete”) Yentes of Mason, Ohio and Carolyn (Harry) Ringer Tampa, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Margaret Jackson. Richard considered his family as his greatest investment. His daughter-in-law, Karen was his primary care giver whom he called his “absolute angel.”A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Pierceton with Pastor Bill Wood officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.Visitation hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral chapel.Memorial contributions may be made to Kosciusko Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, 46581-1196 or to Packerton United Methodist Church.To sign the guestbook or send condolences electronically, go to