Charles R. Ellifritz, 71, of 91 Shenango St., Greenville, passed away at 5:47 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at White Cliff Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hempfield Township.
He was born in Greenville on June 27, 1942, to the late Mary Ellifritz Eastlick.
At a young age, Charles began his career at the former Little’s Produce in Greenville, where he worked for many years, and along with his twin brother, James, worked as collectors at various auctions around the area.
His life revolved around his work, and he was also self-employed for many years. He owned and operated a produce store in Jamestown, and along with his business partner, Keith Royer, they owned and operated Area Township Disposal. The last few years, they also sold produce from house to house to the Mennonite and Amish communities in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties in Ohio, and Erie, Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania.
Charles is survived by his friend and business partner, Keith Royer of Greenville; a half brother, William G. Eastlick and his wife, Diana, of Meadville; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Ellifritz Walker of Sharon; and a niece, Terri Ellifritz Maughan and her husband, David, of Elverson.
In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his twin brother, James G. Ellifritz; and a half brother, Frank Smith.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville.
A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Paul Houseworth, pastor of Wesleyan Methodist Church in Meadville, officiating.
Burial with committal prayers will follow the funeral service at Shenango Valley Cemetery in Greenville.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123. An online guestbook can be signed at osborne-williams.com.