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Obituaries » Donald L. Coats

Donald L. Coats

June 20, 1927 - October 1, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date: October 9, 2017

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Donald L. Coats, 90, passed away at 11:31 pm October 1, 2017, at Lima Rehab & Nursing Center.

Donald was born June 20, 1927 in Celina, OH, to Ora and Hazel (Now) Coats who preceded him in death. He is married to JoAnne Hahn who survives in Lima. He was previously married to Bettyelu Steele Reese who preceded in him in death.

He was owner of Coats Pontiac and Don Coats Auto while in Lima and was previously General Manager of Crippen Olds in N. Miami, FL. He was a member of Forest Park United Methodist Church, BPO Elks # 54, Lima Noon Sertoma where he was a Past Governor, and an US Marine veteran of World War II.

Survivors include: a Son, Gary (Susan) Coats of Hilliard; a Daughter, Linda Smith of Rogers, AR; 4 Grandchildren, Jessie (Bryan) Collins, Derek Coats, Angie (Brian) Rutherford, Jason (Stacey) Smith; 7 Great-Grandchildren; Brother Dr. William (Beverly) Coats, Okemos, MI.

He was preceded in death by: a Son, Bruce Elliot; a Son-in-law, Roy Smith; 2 Brothers, Edgar Coats and James Coats; a Step-Son, Jeff Greenwood.

Friends may call from 1:00 pm until time of services at 2:00 pm, Monday, October 9 at Forest Park United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Benjamin officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by VFW Post 1275 and the US Marine Corp.

Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Park United Methodist Church or BPOElks # 54.


Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com


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