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May 14, 1927 - June 29, 2015 Finis Claude Easter, 88, of Independence, MO, quietly passed away Monday, June 29th, 2015 at Kansas City (MO) Hospice House from complications of diabetes and renal failure. A funeral service was held at Community of Christ E. 39th St. Congregation, Independence, MO on July 3, 2015. His body was buried at Mound Grove Cemetery next to Frances Marie Easter who pre-deceased him in 2002. Finis was born May 14, 1927, as the 10th of 12 children to John William and Edith Frances (Kinney) Easter. He graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1945 and proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. After the war, Finis attended Graceland College in Lamoni, IA, and married Frances Oeser on December 19, 1947. Together they raised 5 children. He holds two bachelor's degrees, first in Electrical Engineering from KU School of Engineering and second from Redland University of California for Business Administration. He participated in ushering in the electronic age in science. His career in electrical engineering for RCA specialized in Power Supply and Design Review. He was awarded 16 patents over the years and helped to develop the Doppler Weather Radar, integration of the Aegis Missile Cruiser System, and numerous other ground-breaking projects. Finis was selected for the "Distinguished Engineering Service Award" from KU and San Fernando Valley's "Engineering Merit Award." He was chairman of the S.F.V. of the IEEE and was a Senior Member of Tau Beta Pi, an Engineering Honors Society. He was a lay minister for the Community of Christ Church for over 50 years and served in roles as Pastor for Canoga Park and other numerous congregations, Los Angeles Stake High Council and, Stake President, District President, Committee Chair, and Head Chaplain of the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple complex in Independence, MO. His love of excellence in family, church and work is being carried on through his children. Finis loved singing and music and could be found participating in choir when time allowed, including the Independence Messiah Choir for several decades. Other hobbies included photography, woodworking, teaching, travel, genealogy, and anthropology. As accomplished as he was, his greatest achievement was the love of his family and his friends. Survivors include wife Jean (Kissee Firkins) Easter of the home; daughter Karin Easter Gurwell (Noll) of Huntington Beach, CA; daughter, Cynthia Easter of Independence, MO; son Mark E. Easter (Benna) of Lamoni, IA; son, David W. Easter (Klansee) of San Diego, CA; daughter, Diane E. Wilson (Gary) of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, his sister Ellen Eliason of San Diego, CA; niece, Donna Rae Meyer, and innumerable extended family and friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 8 to July 12, 2015
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