Russell “Rusty” Dean Elliott

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Russell “Rusty” Dean Elliott, 59, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his home. He was born on October 2, 1960, in Lawrence, KS, son of C. Dean Elliott, who resides in Lawrence, KS, and F. JoAnn Coffman Elliott, who preceded him in death on January 28, 2012. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1978 and served in the U.S. Army from 1978 through 1982. He was an automotive technician for Hite Collision and was an active member of the 35th Infantry Division reenacted. 
He is survived by his wife, Christine Elliott, sons Aiden Elliott, 16, and Avery Elliott, 14, all of the home. He is also survived by two brothers, Bruce W. Elliott, Eudora, and Brian W. Elliott, Overbrook.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Randall “Randy” D. Elliott, on December 16, 2017. 


A celebration to honor the life of Rusty will be held at 568 Wellman Rd., Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday, June 27th, 2020. Friends and family will meet from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM to share memories and stories, and possibly a few laughs and tears. Appropriate safety precautions will be taken.



  1. Barbie Denton-Guthery on July 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I’m so sad to hear this. I went to high school with Rusty and he was a great guy and friend. I’m so sorry, Bruce and your family, for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort.

  2. The Hutchinson Elliott's on June 22, 2020 at 7:00 am

    We are so saddened by the way too soon passing of Rusty. Our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones. We’ll miss his laugh and presence.

  3. Michelle Wyatt Eis on June 17, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Sending love to the Elliott family. Brian, so sorry for your loss.

  4. Don Denmark on June 16, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    A good husband, a good Father, a good friend,,,, and a great man. He gave much and asked little. The world is a smaller place with Rusty’s passing.

  5. Kerry Davis on April 1, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Brian, I’m sorry to hear about your brother. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything you need
    Kerry Edson Davis

  6. Karen Dirks on March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Dean, Brian, Bruce and Elliott family,
    I am so sad to hear about Rusty. He was such a sweet and genuine guy! So many memories growing up with your family. I am so thankful I got to see him and spend time catching up with Brian and him at my Dad’s funeral. He always had a great smile and a fun loving attitude. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time and praying for comfort for each of you. With Love and Hugs!!

  7. Julie Buller on March 24, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Rusty and I would have turned 60 this year. He always loved to tease that he was 3 months younger then me! He was our employee and what a wonderful one he was. But more then that he was a friend. One of the kindest, sweetest most humble men I’ve ever met. So easy to talk to and how he loved his family! He always had a good story about the boys! We truly loved him and he will be missed so much. It will be a tough adjustment for the boys at Hite. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with his precious family.

  8. Elaine K Hite on March 24, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Rusty was one of the truly good guys, he was fun, loyal, hardworking, honest, kind, helpful, smart, a great tease, just a guy that everyone liked to be around and be his friend. We remember Rusty making a lot of trips to Walgreens from the shop, it finally became apparent it
    wasn’t for snacks or a pop but to go see Christine who was working there at the time. We considered Rusty our friend first and foremost and a devoted employee second. You will be missed, you really will. Our sympathy to Rusty’s entire family. Elaine and Ted Hite

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