Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL


Carson "Rod" Roderick Easterling

November 8, 1935February 25, 2020

Carson “Rod” Roderick Easterling, 84, of Windermere, FL, passed away on February 25, 2020. He was born in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 1935.

In 1954, Rod graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing basic training, the USMC offered him reserve duty. Desiring to serve his country full-time, Rod then enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam within the Defense Intelligence Agency, continuing with the DIA until his retirement in 1975 as a Master Sergeant (E-7), at which time he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his Meritorious Service. He then worked for 20 years as Vice President of ACME Iron Works, Inc. Upon moving to the Orlando area in 2000, he worked for Walt Disney World Security until his retirement from the company in 2011.

Rod also served his community in many ways. He was a volunteer fire fighter and volunteer police officer at Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and an auxiliary police officer for Anne Arundel County. He led Girl Scout and Explorer troops and participated with the Disney VoluntEARS who built a community playground in Zellwood Park, FL. He was a contributing member of numerous organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the American Legion, the World War II Museum, and the Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis.

Rod enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, Disney memorabilia, spending many long hours working in his yard, his many visits with family and friends, and travel and watching Gunsmoke with Karen.

Rod is survived by his wife Karen Lynne Easterling, his children Cynthia Ruth Compher and spouse Kevin Compher, Cathleen Rose Walters and spouse Karl Walters, Carson Richard Easterling and spouse Gail Easterling, Charles Randall Easterling and partner Tina Trebes, step-children Christopher David Owens and spouse Blairlee Owens, Kathryn Ann Owens, and John David Owens and spouse Alejandra Owens. In addition he is survived by grandchildren Kenneth and Zachary, Christopher, Michael, and Sara, Carson and Colt, Brandon and Ally, Kathryn, Grace, and Jacob, Paul and Sean, and great grand-children Joseph, Jackson, Camden, Logan, and Jacob.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Gotha, FL with a reception to follow on a date to be determined. En lieu of flowers, please make charitable contributions to Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org).


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Reception

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


Carson "Rod" Roderick Easterling

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Jim Umstead

March 3, 2020

Such a great guy to get to know when we 1st met as hospital roommates some 8+ years ago. We at least shared a common passion for Raw Oysters and BBQ that keep our friendship times
very important to both of us. (Even if Karen knew what we were up to.) Those events will live on as you know I'll feel you near by, this day forward without splitting the tab! Miss you already "Buddy", however, Paradise has it's benefits...See you later. Jim

Suzanne Barth

March 1, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. He was a strong man both mentally and physically. He loved his wife , Karen, and his children devotedly. He will be greatly missed.

Ken & Joanne DiPietro

March 1, 2020

We are both in tears and are so very sorry. This is a huge loss. The world has lost the kindest, sweetest, amazing man. We will always treasure the time and memories shared. Our love and prayers to Karen and the rest of the family.

Ricky Young

February 28, 2020

As we grow older it is inevitable that we lose our parents. When I lost my Dad in 1999 it left a hole in my heart that I thought would never heal. Sometimes in life we get lucky and someone comes along and fills that hole. There are special people in this world that have enough love in them they can make a person whole again. This man was my second Dad! I met him 15 years ago and it was in no time he was a light in my life that had been missing for years. Now, again I have this hole and my heart breaks. Rod, thank you for the love you gave and you will not ever be forgotten. I pray that when my inevitable comes I can say I have earned and shown the love that you gave me! I will truly miss you!

Dianne Callahan

February 27, 2020

Our mothers met in Franklin Park, Washington, DC in 1935 & remained close neighbors for many years. Rod was like a brother to me since both of us were "onlys". Our families remained close even though we lived in different states. He attended my daughter's wedding in Maryland 40 yrs ago. We remained close friends through letters & phone calls. I will miss him.

Ron Denisi

February 27, 2020

Rod was one of the great one, sorry for the lost all I could remember when he was working at the Fort he would always call me to come over so he could play with Fero and he was one of the few guys that could play with him and not get bitten and now they are probably playing together again up there rest in peace guys.


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