A Celebration of Life visitation for Duane A. ‘Cotton’ Elston, 83, Lawrence, will be from 6:30-8:00 pm Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Private family inurnment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Elston died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Emeritus Senior Living, Overland Park, Kan.
He was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Lawrence, the son of Harvey and Emma Brooks Elston, and attended schools in Lawrence.
Cotton worked for B.A. Green Construction in Lawrence, retiring as a construction superintendent after 50 years of service, constructing many building in Lawrence, on the Kansas University campus, and the steeple on the depot in North Lawrence. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852, the Eagles Lodge Aerie #409, and the Carpenters and Joiners Union. He enjoyed woodworking, tube fishing, hunting, and walking his dog.
He married Mary Jo Brittain on Jan. 17, 1950, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2012. Also preceding him were a son, Rick, three brothers, Donald, Otis, and Gerald, and a sister, Evelyn Gentry. Survivors include two sons, Larry, Carthage, Mo., and Scott, Lawrence; two daughters, Jo Lee Erskin, Eudora, and Michelle Elston, Tonganoxie; ten grandchildren, Stefan, Shaun, Nathan, and Christopher Elston, Tiffany Medina, Jeremy, Misty, and Justin Nichols, and Jasen and Kayla Hadl; 19 great grandchildren, Courtney, Kyler, Cameron, Jackson, Maya, Ethan, Aiden, Seth, Brooklynne, Cody, Caden, Devon, Shauna, Gracelynne, Braden, Chasity, Jaden, Zarius, and Justin Jr.; three step great grandchildren, Mason, Riley, and Bella; and adopted granddaughter, Shelley Armstrong.
The family suggests memorials to the VFW, or the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
My sincere condolences to the Elston family. May your hearts find comfort and hope from the promises for the future. Revelation 21:3 and 4
The Lopez family wants to give you our sympathy for cotton we will always remember him walking with cane they were wonderful neighbors.
Thoughts and prayers. Wehave a footstool he made that looks like a violin ,lovely
Larry, Jo Lee, Michelle and Scott; So Sorry for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May God bless you and comfort you all in this time of Grief. I love you all. Cotton was a great man may each of you remember the good times and may he RIP.
Debbie Erwin DArmond and Boys
Larry, Jo Lee, Michelle, Scott: I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with each one of you, May God Bless and give you the comfort that you need in this time of Grief. I love you all. Cotton was a great man, may he RIP.
Debbie Erwin D’Armond and Boys
So sorry for your loss, Cotton was my fathers cousin, God bless you all…..
ADDENDUM: Basil Green used to call Jack and Cotton, Emil and Henry. Just a side note. Jack has so many fond memories of days gone by with Cotton.
Jack, especially, has fond memories of his cousin in childhood. He often recalls those days. Memory loss is a sad thing. We are now dealing with it. I am remembering days of pitch playing with Cotton and Mary Jo when they lived down on 12th St. This was when they just had Rick and Larry. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you in Cotton’s passing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Elston family. Cotton was a good husband, father and grand father. He is at peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I love you all. He was a fantastic man.
Rod and Sharl Spillman
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR FOTHER. I KNOW YOU HAVE SOME GREAT MEMORIES AND GOOD TIMES OF HIM. KEEP THEM WITH YOU IN YOUR HART SO YOU WILL HAVE THEM WHEN TIMES GET TOUGH.
LOVE YOU ALL
Sorry to hear the loss of your father. He truly enjoyed life.
Peace be with you my dear.
Thinking about Cotton and his family. He loved his family! He was such a character and was always good to me. I’ll bet he’s got Mary Jo hugged tight right about now. He made some great memories . Hang in there family.
Our thoughts and prayers to the Elstons. Cotton was a great husband, father and grandpa. He will be missed by many. Love you all. The Bagwell’s Randy, Nancy, Randall and NaTashia.
To the Children of Cotton,
I’m so sorry for the loss of your father.
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