Wayne E. Easley

Wayne E. Easley April 1, 1943 – February 1, 2013 Wayne E. Easley passed away at his Fort Collins home February 1, 2013, surrounded by family. Wayne was born April 1, 1943, in Grand Junction, CO to William E. and Norabelle (Weaver) Easley. After attending Carrol College, he graduated with a B.A. in communications from University of Northern Colorado. He received both M.A. and PhD. in communications from Purdue University. On September 4, 1965, he married Ruby "Kay" Lynch in Longmont, CO. In 1968, he joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His career included assignments at Ft. Belvoir, VA; U.S. Recruiting Command, Ft. Sheridan, IL and Heidelberg, Germany. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN. He and Kay returned "home" to Colorado when they moved to Ft. Collins in 1996. The classroom was an important part of Wayne's life. He taught speech and debate at Greeley Central High School, Purdue University, University of Central Arkansas, Butler University, College of Lake County, IL, University of Maryland, European Division, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer School. His teaching skills also extended to religious education classes and seminars. An avid reader, he enjoyed family gatherings, traveling, and the Colorado mountains. An active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Ft. Collins, he belonged to the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Military Officers Association of America. He was a graduate of the Catholic Biblical School and Command and General Staff College in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Kay, and son, Wm. Eric of Ft. Collins; daughter, Jonna Lyn Easley of Longmont and three grandchildren, Josh VandenBusch, Green Bay, WI; Kellie Gogola (Drew) Dickerson, Jacksonville, NC, and Wynston Weimer of Longmont. Also surviving are brothers, Larry J. (Deanna) Easley, Cape Girardeau, MO; Dean (Evonne) Easley, Phoenix, AZ; Tom (Staci) Easley, Olathe, KS; Rick (Jill) Sheets, Delta, CO, and sisters, Marge (Richard) Schussler, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cendie Lee Wood, Grand Junction, CO. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive in the Grand Junction area. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Kevin Patrick Easley. Services will take place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 5450 S. Lemay Ave. Ft. Collins. A Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5th, to conclude with full military honors and a reception to follow. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kevin Easley Guitar Memorial Scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado; Disabled American Veterans; Catholic Charities Northern (Ft. Collins) or a .

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 5, 2013