Coates, 77, of 507 Church Street Danville PA died Sunday afternoon, October
11, 2009 at his residence. He was born April 4, 1932 in Danville PA the son
of the late Gerald L. and Ruth N. Showers Coates.
graduated from Danville High School. He attended Bloomsburg College and
Wilkes University. He served with the United States Coast Guard during the
Korean War. Mr. Coates retired as an assistant director of the Vocational
Adjustment Department of Danville State Hospital Danville PA. He was a
member of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church Danville PA. He was active with
the Danville Area Emergency Management Association. Mr. Coates enjoyed
reading, classical music and especially helping others. He was a 32nd
degree Mason and a member of Danville-Mahoning Lodge #224 F & AM Danville
survived by his wife of 52 years, Shirley L. Stewart Coates whom he married
July 13, 1957. Also surviving are two sons; David Coates of Bloomsburg PA
and Eric Coates of Danville PA and two daughters; Melinda Coates of Columbus
OH and Barbara Coates, at home. He is also survived by one sister Jane
Pierce and her husband Robert of Williamsport PA. Several nieces and
nephews also survive him. He was preceded in death by one sister Shirley K.
Turnmyre on September 18, 2009.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a
Memorial Service on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM at Christ
Memorial Episcopal Church East Market and Pine Streets Danville PA with the
Reverend Nancy Shank officiating. Burial will be private in Elan Memorial
Park Bloomsburg PA. The family will provide flowers. Memorial
contributions may be made to either The American Heart Association 417 A
Phoenix Drive Chambersburg PA 17201 or The Tourette Syndrome Association
42-40 Bell Boulevard Suite 205 Bayside NY 11361.
www.tsa.usa.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski
Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.