Easton, Bernard Duaine
Birth: Friday, March 27, 1936 in Wilton, North Dakota
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at the age of 80
Laid to Rest: in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota
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Bernard "Bernie" Duaine Easton, 80, of Waldorf, Maryland died peacefully on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Bernie was born in Wilton, North Dakota on March 27, 1936.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1958. While in the Navy he served on two destroyer class ships (Borderlon and Irwin) and was discharged from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in Indian Head, Maryland. He worked in the administrative offices at those activities. With the G.I. benefits and part-time work, Bernie graduated from Bismarck Junior College in 1960 and went on to Minot State College earning a degree in business administration in 1963.
Bernie was a member of the American Legion and Waldorf Lions Club. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 20 years where he was Lion Rookie of the Year, Lion of the Year, and a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award recipient. His major focus with the Lions Club was collecting used eyeglasses from the community for recycling and use by those in need. With great community support, thousands of eyeglasses were collected for the project.
Bernie worked for the U.S. General Accounting Office, Washington, DC from 1963 until his retirement as an Assistant Director in 1993. He performed audits on Department of Defense programs - nuclear defense and major weapon system acquisitions. He received many awards, including the agency Meritorious Service Award. Bernie met his future wife in the summer of 1963 when she was home from college in Arlington, Virginia. In June 1966, he married Jane Dougherty in Arlington. In 1969, they moved into their new home in Waldorf, Maryland where he lived with Jane until passing. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife Jane, their Scottish terrier dogs, and friends and family.
Spending time at the Ocean City condo was always a special event along with being a die-hard Washington Redskins football and Maryland Terrapin basketball fan. He had season tickets to Terps basketball for 40 some years. Going out to the local crab houses for steamed crabs and a beverage was always a favorite pastime. His Scottish terrier, Dakota, was his constant side-kick and companion during retirement years.
Preceding Bernie in death was his father and mother, Edward Easton and Lucille Easton-Anderson; his brother, Leslie; his step-father, Ralph Anderson; father-in-law, Col. Clifford Dougherty; and mother-in-law, Virginia Dougherty. Bernie is survived by his beloved wife Jane; brother, Dennis (Elaine) Easton; sister-in-law, Pat Easton of Bismarck, North Dakota; sisters-in-law, Harriette (Christian) Christenson, of Copenhagen, Denmark and Dianne Dougherty of Rockville, Maryland; brother-in-law, Dr. Ralph (Kris) Dougherty of Tallahassee, Florida; and many nieces and nephews living in various parts of the U.S.
Bernie wanted his dearly beloved wife of 50 years and all of his family and friends to know how important they were to him and thank them for sharing their lives with him.
Friends received on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm, with a Funeral Service at 7pm at Raymond Funeral Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Interment will take place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota at a later date with full Navy Honors.
Please no flowers. Any contributions are to go to the following: Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Washington (STCGW), c/o Betty Lou Breese, 343 First Street, Berryville, VA 22611 or Waldorf Lions Club, c/o Frank Culhane, Treasurer, PO Box 531, Waldorf, Maryland 20604. Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service.