Roy D. Easum 1936 - 2010 Lawrence

Paid family tribute

Funeral services for Roy D. Easum, 73, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Easum passed peacefully Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following an extended battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
He was born May 21, 1936, in rural Greenwood County, KS. One of nine children, he was the son of Allan and Hildred Easum. Moving from the small town of Quincy, KS to Lawrence in 1942, he graduated in 1955 from Lawrence High School.
Following high school, Mr. Easum was drafted into the United States Army and was discharged in 1965. Military service took Mr. Easum overseas where he served in Western Europe for the better part of his enlistment.
Returning to Lawrence after his military service, Mr. Easum became an apprentice brick mason, often working alongside his father during his apprenticeship. Mr. Easum was a dear friend to many of his co-workers and worked extensively in the Topeka, Lawrence, and Kansas City areas. Examples of his craftsmanship can be seen in numerous homes and businesses throughout this area. He was a member of the Bricklayers Local Unions No. 3 and 15. Mr. Easum’s masonry career lasted more than 35 years until his retirement. He concluded his career as a Facilities Operations Mason at Kansas University in 1997. Mr. Easum enjoyed athletics and was a lifelong critic and fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. Always one to enjoy a good time, Mr. Easum took pleasure in playing and visiting with his grandchildren, extended family, and friends.
He married Mary Scanlan on June 2, 1962, in Chapman, KS. After 47 years of marriage, Mrs. Easum survives.
Other survivors include his sons, Mike and wife Beth, Overland Park; Pat and wife Amy, Wichita; Kurt and wife Debby, Shawnee; and daughter Katie Northern and husband Joe, Lawrence. Grandchildren include Wes, Nate, Matthew, Abby, Mason, Madison, Emily, Sarah, Shelby, J.T., Grace, and stepgrandchild Jackie; sister Nelda Hodson and brothers Allan Jr. and Darrell Easum all of rural Lawrence.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Chuck, Norm, Cloyce, and sisters Donna and Eva.
Friends may call Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. where the family will receive them from 6-7 p.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County VNA and Hospice Care, sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
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