Woodbury County

Lt. Earle Kenneth Easton


Death Claims Earle Easton

Native Sioux Cityan Accidentally Drowns in Portland, Oregon

Earle Kenneth Easton, 22, a native Sioux Cityan who was discharged from the army air force October 28, 1945, as a second lieutenant, recently drowned accidentally in Portland, Oregon.

Word of the officer’s death was received by Mrs. H.W. Wittig, 1535 W. Fourth Street, from his mother, Mrs. Galen Kimmell of Portland, but included no details.

He was born here February 26, 1923.

The young man attended McKinley grade school and East high school. He entered the Army December 9, 1940. He was awarded the American defense ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific theater ribbon, one battle star and the good conduct medal.

His father, King Easton, a veteran of the First World War, died October 23, 1930.

Surviving besides his mother are his stepfather; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Woolsey of Portland and Mrs. Delores Jenkins of Onawa, Iowa; two half sisters, Lorraine and Joanna Kimmell of Portland; two brothers, Howard Easton, an apprentice seaman and George Easton of the army and stationed at Fort Jackson, N.C.

The funeral and interment were in Portland.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 20, 1946 (photo included)