By The Mercury

George W. Easton, age 62, of Manhattan, died Wednesday, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

He was born Jan. 13, 1952, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of James Watson and Sara Elizabeth (Williams) Easton.  George grew up in Clarkston, Mich., and has been a Manhattan resident since March 8, 1987.

George served for 20 years in the United States Army, and retired after 20 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1990.  He had served during the Vietnam War.

Following his discharge he worked for Zuckey Bowl in Manhattan, as a professor for Barton County Community College at Fort Riley, as for a couple of civilian contractors at Fort Riley until 2012.

George was a member of the American Legion Post 17, formally the Elks Lodge in Manhattan, and was a proud member of the Bleacher Creature Tailgate Crew for Kansas State football games.

He was an avid bowler, enjoyed classic rock music, and attending K-State football games.

He loved to camp with the family and when he camped he took care of everything from the kids to the cooking so his wife, Candy, could just relax.  The time that George enjoyed with most was the time he spent with his family and friends.

On July 30, 1983, in Indianapolis, Ind., he was married to Candelaria “Candy” De Leon.  Candy survives of the home. Additional survivors include his six children: Scott Easton and his Fiancé Tami Morris of Topeka; Charles Boothe and his wife Cheryl of Manhattan; James Boothe of Wichita; Daniel Boothe and his wife Kim of North Augusta, S.C., Sara Marion and her husband Tyler of Anchorage, Ala., and Amanda Dean and her husband Brandon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Janis Easton-Carrasco and her husband Homero of Rio Rancho, N.M.; 12 grandchildren: Hannah, Alex, Preston, Matthew, Madalyn, Aidan, Rebecca, Mayson, Logan, Vaella, Jackson, and Michaela; one niece Hilary and one nephew James.

George was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter Hidi Easton.

Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel.  Cremation will follow the services with private family inurnment at a later date in Valley View Memorial Gardens Cemetery east of Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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