Dr. Robert Hall Easterday

April 5, 1928October 12, 2021

Dr. Robert Hall Easterday passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at Brookdale Care Center, Overland Park, KS. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 16th at the Wesley Chapel - Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224. Visitation will be prior to the service (10:15) at the Wesley Chapel. Burial will take place in Hamilton, MO, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Campus.

Bob was born in Memphis, TN, on April 5, 1928, the eldest son of John Lloyd and Opal Hall Easterday. He spent his early years in Memphis, Chicago, and Dallas. When his father retired as an executive of Sears Roebuck and Co., the family returned to his father’s hometown, Hamilton, MO.

He attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO. Between his junior and senior years of college, he married the love of his life, Miss Mary Esther Gaines of Hamilton, MO. After graduating from Central Methodist, the couple moved to Columbia, MO, where he attended the two year medical program at the University of Missouri before finishing his medical degree at the University of Iowa.

Following graduation, he entered the Navy in 1953 and completed his internship in Jacksonville, FL and his residency at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA. He was board certified in internal medicine. While stationed at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD, he was invited to be the personal physician to President-elect Nixon from election to inauguration. While at Bethesda, he also treated notable military personnel such as Admiral Nimitz, U. S. Cabinet members, and various politicians from both major political parties.

After transferring to Great Lakes Naval Hospital to serve as Chief of Medicine, he was responsible for the care of returning POW’s from Viet Nam.

In 1973, Captain Easterday retired from the Navy after twenty years of honorable service, and he and Mary settled in the Kansas City area where he accepted a position as Medical Director of the Bendix/Allied Signal Corporation. He helped develop a staff department of physicians, nurses, and laboratory and x-ray personnel which was available to some 8,000 employees. He retired from there in 1990 at the age of 62.

Bob and Mary were committed to their faith. Both were raised in the Methodist Church and raised their family in the church. They were early members of the Church of the Resurrection, joining in 1994. Bob was a long-time supporter of the Kansas City Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. He was an accomplished pianist and gardener. His favorite sports teams were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. He enjoyed watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball and Iowa football but never forgot his small college athletic roots from his Central Methodist days. For over fifty years, he attended the NAIA National Basketball Tournament and was delighted to attend in later years with his sons and grandchildren and proud that the tradition continues with his great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Lloyd Easterday.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years and two sons, Robert Stephen (Kim) Easterday and Paul Alan (Mary Jo) Easterday, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, Elton Leroy (Martha Jean) Gaines, several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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  • John Lloyd Easterday, Father (deceased)
  • Opal (Hall) Easterday, Mother (deceased)
  • James Lloyd Easterday, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Esther (Gaines) Easterday, Wife of 73 years
  • Robert Stephen Easterday (Kim), Son
  • Paul Alan Easterday (Mary Jo), Son
  • Elton Leroy Gaines (Martha Jean), Brother-In-Law
  • He is also survived by five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Church of the Resurrection



  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021


  • Final Place of Rest


Dr. Robert Hall Easterday

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Ruth Higginbotham

October 16, 2021

I LOVE Dr. Easterday! NO ONE ever called me “dear” or “darling” as much as he did❤️! I cherish memories such as his delight watching sports… and excitedly talking about the annual NAIA basketball game the family men traditionally attended. It was always a pleasure to visit in their home and see his pleasure when he looked out the window at flowers and birds. He always enjoyed the pansies and chocolate chip cookies I took him. Jo and I will miss this sweet man!

Chuck Miller

October 15, 2021

Dear Mary and Family, I was sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. Losing a spouse and partner , father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend is never easy. I remember Bob as a gentleman and professional in his interactions with fellow associates during our time spent together at Bendix/AlliedSignal. I especially appreciated Bob’s calm and reassuring demeanor every time we worked together on a variety of issues. My condolences and prayers are with all of you.

Peggy Gaines

October 14, 2021

My Dear Uncle Bob, how I loved visiting you and Aunt Mary. I always looked up to you and was impressed by all you did with your service, both military and civilian.
I also loved to hear your gardening stories and techniques. Once you started us using the variety of silver queen corn, we never used any other!
I also, loved your love of the piano and loved the playing of a pianist that played at my church and then went on to your church, Ray Smith.
Loved you Uncle Bob and love you Aunt Mary, ❤️

Scott Hoch

October 14, 2021

I first met Robert & Mary at the annual NAIA Basketball Tournament. They always came together. What I will remember most about Robert was he was always smiling. I am grateful to have developed a long time relationship with their family as a result of the NAIA tradition Robert & Mary established. I want to extend my sincere condolences to Mary and the entire Easterday family. Robert will remain alive in your hearts with the memories you have and stories you share. May God bless all of you with peace and comfort during this difficult time as you fulfill his life's legacy.
- Scott Hoch