Charles M. Easter, 83, Sun advertising executive

July 06, 2004

Charles M. Easter, a World War II veteran who sold advertising for the Sunpapers for more than four decades, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Saturday at the Long View Nursing Home in Manchester. The Reisterstown resident was 83.

Mr. Easter was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. He graduated from McDonogh School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of North Carolina in 1943.

He entered the Navy and received officer's training at Columbia University before combat duty in Europe and Japan. He served aboard a minesweeper off the Normandy coast immediately before the D-Day invasion.

On leave before the war ended, Mr. Easter married Doris V. Crocker in 1945. After his discharge in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant junior grade, the couple moved to Massachusetts where Mr. Easter worked for a local sheriff's department for a year.

They settled in Waverly in 1947, when Mr. Easter joined the newspaper as an advertising account executive. Among his clients were the old Luskin's chain of appliance stores, Kimmel Tire & Auto and Pep Boys.

The Easters moved to Lochearn in 1950 and relocated to Reisterstown in 1975.

After he retired in 1989, Mr. Easter kept busy coaching youth baseball and delivering Meals on Wheels for the Baltimore County Department of Aging. As a member of the Reisterstown Kiwanis Club, he was responsible for the chapter's Adopt-A-Highway program. He also attended gatherings of McDonogh alumni and Sun retirees.

The Easters enjoyed fishing and reading at their summer home in Cape Cod.

Services are private. The family will receive visitors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Easter is survived by two sons, Charles Easter Jr. of Sparks and Robert Easter of Hampstead; two daughters, Janet Green of Fredericksburg, Va., and Jacqueline Easter of Marstons Mills, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

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