Richard H. Bishton, 61, owner of garden center

July 16, 2004

Richard H. Bishton, owner of a Kent County garden center, died of cancer Saturday at his Chestertown home. He was 61.

Mr. Bishton was born in Ilion, N.Y., and raised in Chestertown, where he graduated from Chestertown High School in 1961.

After serving with the Army's 8th Infantry Division in Germany, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from American University in 1970. He also did graduate work at Washington College.

In 1970, he went to work for his father, who owned Elburn's Florist and Greenhouses in Chestertown. In 1984, he took over the business, which had been founded in 1911, with his wife, the former Hilda Lepter, whom he had married in 1982.

"His true passion was growing seasonal crops." said Mrs. Bishton.

He also enjoyed floral design, fishing and waterfowl hunting.

He was a member of the Chestertown post of the American Legion and Kent County Ducks Unlimited.

Mr. Bishton was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chestertown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon tomorrow.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Timothy Richard Bishton of Chestertown; a daughter, Alexandra Christine Bishton of Annapolis; two brothers, Fredrick Keith Bishton of Greenville, N.C., and John Brent Bishton of Fort Myers, Fla.; and a sister, Carolyn Ann Kasper of Boca Raton, Fla.

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