Dan Eugene Easley, 84, of Monett, Mo., passed away at 12 noon, February 2, 2008, after a long illness. He was born January 9, 1924, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the son of Mallie Green and Truda Farwell Easley. Dan attended Roach Country School, boarded at School of the Ozarks High School for two years, and graduated from Cassville High School with the Class of 1942. Raised on a cattle farm in South Barry County, he worked with his family in farming, and later he worked in Broom Corn Harvest in Colorado and the Wheat Harvest in Kansas.
Dan was united in marriage to Doris Lorayne Sims in Bentonville, Ark., on November 28, 1943. Dan and Doris moved to Monett, Mo., and purchased the Sinclair/Goodyear dealership in 1944. together they operated Easley's Sinclair and two "Can" milk routes for the next 22 years. Dan, Doris and their son, Max, purchased the Dr Pepper franchise for Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties in 1966, which they operated as Easley's Southwest Dr Pepper Bottling Co., Inc., until August 31, 2001. During these years, the family also owned and leased rental properties.
Dan and Doris retired on September 1, 2001, at which time their son, Max, continued to operate their real estate interest.
Dan is survived by his children and their spouses, Max and Carolyn Easley, and Dana and David Prier, all of Monett, and Sarah Katherine Easley, of Houston, Texas; a brother-in-law, Oral Sharon, of Palestine, Texas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Doris Lorayne; his parents; two brothers, Bertie A. Easley, and Joe Warner Easley; three sisters, Wilma Easley, Carman Easley, and Ruby Easley Sharon.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Home with Rev. M.E. Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Monett. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doris Lorayne Sims Easley Scholarship fund in care of the funeral home. Paid Obitt