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.