Robert Lane Easley, Sr.
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Lane Easley Sr. announces his passing on Oct. 5, 2012, while in Jennings American Legion Hospital. Mr. Easley was 86 years of age. Born to the late Cleon Ellis Easley and the late Florence Musselwhite Easley, this extraordinary man began his life on Dec. 17, 1925.
Mr. Easley served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. Corporal Robert Lane Easley entered the Marine Corps on Feb. 18, 1943, in Shreveport. Following basic training, he completed four weeks of advanced training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., as a rifleman. Assigned to the 26th Marines, 5th Division, Corporal Easley served in the Pacific Region using the United States Fleet Port Base Activity at Sasebo, Japan, as a springboard for the repatriation of a multitude of Pacific Islands from the Japanese military. This World War II veteran was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on April 6, 1946, receiving the Louisiana Medal of Honor. Following his military service, Robert attended college for drafting and began his career as a building contractor. He had a creative passion for building and working with his hands. He loved his work and enjoyed teaching his personal talents to others. He loved creating model buildings and has a wonderful display at the Tupper Museum here in Jennings. He taught area young people art lessons at the Summer Feeding Program in Jeff Davis Parish.
Robert was a good man and will be greatly missed.
Robert Sr. is survived by his beloved son, Robert Lane (Barbara) Easley Jr. of Dos Palos, Calif.; Robert Sr.’s longtime companion, Betty Running of Torrance, Calif.; one grandson, Chris (Erin) Easley of Gallup, N.M.; his seven nephews, A.J.M. “Butch” (Andi) Oustalet III of Gulfport, Miss., Richard “Ricky” Oustalet of Jennings, Ronald R. (Andra) Oustalet of Jennings, James B. (Michelle) Oustalet of Jennings, Lance R. Oustalet of Long Beach, Miss., Joel (Lisa) Oustalet of Jennings, and Fred Z. Oustalet of Jennings; his three nieces, Connie Oustalet Byrne of Long Beach, Miss., Roxanne Oustalet (Jules) Lagarde of Covington, and Michelle Oustalet (Jimmy) Lyons; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Robert now rests in Heaven with his beloved family whom preceded him in death: his parents, Cleon and Florence Easley; and his five siblings, Cleon Ellis Easley Jr., Ed Easley, Norma Jean Easley, Anne Ruth Easley and Lena Mae Easley (Bubba) Oustalet.
A graveside memorial will be held at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 1 p.m. to honor the life of Robert.
To extend online condolences, please visit www.matthewsandsonfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Matthews and Son Funeral Home.
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