Darrel E. Easum

A memorial visitation for Darrel E. Easum, 80, Lawrence, will be Friday from 6-7:30 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory. Darrel died Tue., Oct. 1, 2013, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.

He was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Toronto, Kan., the son of Allan C. and Hildred B. Carlisle Easum. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, and later served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Darrel worked as a union carpenter for 42 years, mostly for B.A. Green Construction and Harris Construction, and retired in 2000. He enjoyed sports, KU football and basketball, Royals baseball and Chiefs football. He coached baseball for 20 years, in the South Park, Broken Arrow, and Holcom leagues. He coached many great players, including all three of his sons. He enjoyed playing golf, and served as a marshal at Alvamar for several years. He loved his pets, raised ponies for several years, and enjoyed the companionship of his cat, Amber. Darrel was also fondly known as ‘Coot’ and ‘Cotter’ by friends, family, and coworkers.

He married Shirley Ann Stevens on Nov. 6, 1953, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death, as did four brothers, Chuck, Norman, Cloyce, and Roy, and two sisters, Donna and Eva. Survivors include three sons, John Easum and wife Debbie, New Carlisle, Ind., Andy Easum, and Doug Easum, both of Lawrence; a brother, Allan Easum, Lawrence; a sister, Nelda Hodson, Lawrence; and four grandchildren, Adam, Kara, Doug Jr., and John.

Memorials are suggested to the Lawrence Humane Society, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From michele (Garrett) simpson...

My condolences.
Michele (Garrett)Simpson

From Mike Stogsdill...

A great person who donated so much of his time coaching baseball in Lawrence. Truly a great coach who really knew the game of baseball and left his impact on everyone he knew.

From Jerry Schmidt...

Uncle Cottie was always so fun to be around. We loved to see his horse(s) and to visit in his home. We share your loss. May God give you all strength during this time.

From Michelle Elston...

The family of Duane “Cotton” Elston wish to express our sympathy to the family and send prayers of comfort to you. God Bless.

From Kurt Easum...

Cotter was always so fun to be around as he had a passion for having fun. I still remember him doing back hand springs as middle aged adult at a 4th of July family get together. We miss your laughter, we miss seeing you at KU football games and we will always remember the good times. Now you are back with Shirley and siblings for more! God Bless.

From Helen Pendleton Rumbaut...

I lived next door to the Easum family (perhaps including Darrel) when my family lived at 1308 Connecticut Street back in the 1950s. My family included grandparents Clyde and Mamie Cottom, my uncle Mel Cottom, and my mother Edith and brother Steve. When I was at Brandon Woods a few weeks ago, I visited twice with Darrel and told him of our Easum next-door neighbors just to the north of us. He nodded his head. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, and pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will comfort all who loved him.

From Mark Shipley...

Will always remember you Cotter, glad your back with Shirley, owe you a beer & will catch you later. Thanks for the memories!!!

From Jim Hicks...

Darrel touched the lives of many people. From the children he loved to coach to the hundreds who had the pleasure to work with him throughout the years. I will always remember him and the many things he taught me.

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