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Richard "R.T." Tustison

October 24, 1948 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 71)

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Garrett – Richard “R.T.” Tustison, 71 of Garrett died Saturday March 14, 2020 at his home after 2 months of hospice care. He was born October 24, 1948 in Hicksville, OH. The son of Ellary Tustison and Margaret (Stewart) Dotts. He married Michaeleen “Micki” Tustison on July 9, 1977 in Angola and she survives in Garrett. He worked for the Auburn Water Department for 30 years retiring in 2008. R.T. was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. R. T. was a Past Commander of the Garrett American Legion Post 178, Past Commander of the Garrett VFW Post 1892, a Charter Member of the Auburn Legion Riders Post 97, member of the NEIVV and Life Member of Howard County Vietnam Veterans (Kokomo), Garrett Eagles and Auburn Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling, and riding his motorcycle. He loved camping, going to Veterans Reunions and visiting local hangouts and socializing. R.T. is survived by his wife Michaeleen “Micki” Tustison. Four daughters, Patsy (John) Dalrymple, Cheryl Wyatt (DeWayne Applegate), Angie (Ben) Gibson, and Amie Steckley; He had nine grandchildren, Megan Dalrymple, Alyssa Dalrymple, Kali Wyatt, Dustin Chriswell, Brandon Chriswell, Bryce Steckley, Austin Steckley, Devin Steckley, Kayden Gibson. As well as six great grandchildren; a brother, Roger Tustison; four sisters, Phyllis Wyrick, Vicki Bronne, Barbara Schindler and Janet Martines. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Junior Tustison and Zach Tustison and three sisters, Shirley Camp, Lola Myers and Marilyn Fogle. The family and Funeral home have decided that at this time the health and safety of everyone is a priority, therefore a private family service will be held Friday at 4 PM at the funeral home and a Celebration of Life will be held for the public at a later date. Memorials can be given in R. T.'s name to the Garrett American Legion Post 178 or Garrett VFW Post 1892 or the Garrett Eagles Lodge. To send condolences visit

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