Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 31, 2012

Joe Coates


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Joe Coates, 89, of Centerville, passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.

Joe was born Dec. 27, 1922 to Joe and Alice (Tingle) Coates, Jr. in Mystic. He received his education from Mystic High School and graduated in 1941. He married Jeanette Kelly Aug. 24, 1946 in Mystic.

Joe was involved with the Masonic Lodge 588 in Mystic and 42 in Centerville, the First United Methodist Church, American Legion in Mystic and the VFW. He enjoyed spending time woodworking and watching baseball and football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes. Joe enlisted in the Army and was a member of Company A of the 147th Engineer Combat Battalion. He was one of the first service men to land on Omaha Beach during D-Day.

Joe is survived by his wife, Jeanette Coates, of Centerville; two daughters, Kristin Elgin (Robert) of Oskaloosa and Nancy Snyder (Ken) of Centerville; six grandchildren, Seth Elgin (Nicole) of Ankeny, Ryan Elgin (Tiffany) of Iowa City, Holly Reeder (Billy) of Cedar Rapids, Megan Elgin of Des Moines, Tasha Ballanger of Centerville and Zachary Snyder of Centerville; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey and Lainey Reeder, Sophia and Loren Elgin, Brody and Andrew Elgin and Ally and Kyler Ballanger; and a sister Thelma Coates of Rockford, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jolene Oden; and a brother, Lee Coates.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the First United Methodist Church with Dennis Gilbert officiating. Visitation will be all day today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home today. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church which may be left at or mailed to Thomas Funeral Home, 23548 Highway 5, P.O. Box 125, Centerville, Iowa 52544.

Condolences and video may be shared at www.thomasfh.com.