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Manton Cletis Easterling

06/21/1938 - 09/24/2018

On a beautiful fall day full of sunshine, Monday September 24, 2018, Manton Cletis Easterling age 80, was carried home to Heaven in the loving arms of Jesus.
Clete (as he was known to most) was born the 7th child to Manton and Lillie (Bowling) Easterling on June 21, 1938, in Lookout, KY. At age of 4, his Mother passed away and his sister Pauline helped their Dad raise Clete into the loving man we all knew him to be.
He met Phyllis Ratliff in the summer of 1962 and they married on October 22, 1962, sharing 56 years together. They made their home together in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and raised one daughter. Clete joined the Little Ellen Old Regular Baptist Church in Alsip, IL in 1970. He was devoted to his Lord and Savior for 48 years and truly enjoyed sharing his love for the Lord with everyone he knew.
During the summer of 1979 Clete, Phyllis, and Teresa moved to Neenah, WI where Clete resided until his death. He was employed by Leach Company in Oshkosh until his retirement. Clete truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. As an avid Walleye fisherman and deer hunter, he loved spending time outdoors enjoying "God's Country".
Clete is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis (Ratliff) Easterling; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Brian Van Cuick, New London, WI; his "pride and Joy" granddaughter, Kelsey Van Cuick, New London, WI; his sister, Pauline (Easterling) King, Princeton, WV; one special sister-in-law, Denise Easterling, Auburn Hills, MI; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Emerson, Clayton, and Talmadge Easterling; one sister, Mary Bailey; one half brother, Jake Easterling; one half sister, Monnie Layne; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kermit and Vadney Ratliff; two special brothers-in-law, William C. King and Theodore Rowe; one special sister-in-law, DonReeda (Ratliff) Rowe; one special nephew (and his hunting and fishing buddy), Larry D. King; as well as other nieces, nephews, and special friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, WI. A funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at the funeral home with Brother Lowell Mullins of the Little Ellen Church and Pastor Kermit Rowe officiating. Burial will be in the Clayton Cemetery, town of Clayton, WI.
Clete's family would like to thank the staff at Peabody Manor in Appleton, WI for their loving care and compassion.
If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Paul Ziemer wrote on September 28, 2018
I met Teresa and Clete this past June and have really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with him and understand what a strong and deeply faithful man he was. Powerfully unafraid of death, he shared his true longing to see his Savior and family members in heaven. I loved the stories he told me about traveling to see relatives in Michigan and Virginia about his fishing trips to trout streams while in Virginia and here on the Wolf river. Knowing him was truly a gift to me. Thanks Clete!

Gary Ratliff, Sr. wrote on September 27, 2018
Phyliss May God Bless and Be with You and Yours in the coming days, weeks, months and years. Gary & Patricia Ratliff (kycol.ratliff@Verizon.net

Larry and Patsy Newsome wrote on September 27, 2018
We enjoyed so much having Bro Cleat and Sis Phyllis stay nights with us when they would visit us at Pleasant view church here in Ohio. We went on a trip out to Wisconsin a few years back and spent some wonderful time with them as well. He spoke so often of his love for his church Little Ellen and loved Pleasant View church here in Ohio.He had a great love for his family.Bro. Cleat was a good singer and he so enjoyed studying the word of God.He would get on the phone with Larry and they would discuss the scriptures seems like for hours. When Larry would not be home-I would be the one listening to all the wonderful teaching of the scriptures.He will be greatly missed not only by his sweet family but by his church family as well. Love and Prayers for all of you.Sister Patsy and Bro. Larry Newsome

Joe & Judy Thiel wrote on September 26, 2018
Teresa,we are so sorry for your loss of your dad, Brian always spoke highly of him. May he rest peacefully in heaven.

Jamie Thomas wrote on September 25, 2018
We are thinking of you today Teresa - sending hugs and prayers to your entire family. Love you

Sue Ella Kobakk wrote on September 25, 2018
Sending all my love and prayers to your family. A big hugh hug for aunt Phyllis.

Sasha wrote on September 25, 2018
I am sorry that we will not be able to make it this Saturday. I know how important your Dad has been in your life and I am thankful you learned from his generosity and kindness. Hugs to you and Kelsey as you go through this tough week.