Wilbur L. Coates, Jr. 88 of Shadyside, Ohio died Friday, October 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Liza’s Place in Wheeling, West Virginia.
He was born May 12, 1928 in Canton, Ohio a son of the late Wilbur L. Coates, Sr. and Mary DeLucas Coates.
Wilbur was a retired employee of the Bell Atlantic Telephone Company, a member of the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church in Shadyside, Ohio and American Legion Post 521 Shadyside, Ohio and the Telephone Pioneer Club. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
He was an OVAC track official for over forty years, a founding member of the Shadyside Relays Committee and received numerous track official awards. Wilbur was a staunch Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Indians fan. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Roger Ward and his brother, Don Coates.
Surviving are his wife, Connie Crunelle Coates, whom he married on February 19, 1954 in Shadyside, Ohio, three children, Cynthia (Rich) Skrabak of St. Clairsville, Ohio, Denise (James) Millward of Beaver Creek, Ohio and Mark (Ann) Coates of Shadyside, Ohio and sister-in-law, Donna Coates of Shadyside, Ohio.
Also seven grandchildren, Andrew Skrabak, Anthony Skrabak, Emily Skrabak, Julia Skrabak, Zachary Coates, Brandon Coates and Evan Millward.
Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday at the Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church in Shadyside, Ohio from 10 am until the time of the Celebration of Wilbur’s Life at 11 am with Rev. Randy Weaver officiating. Inurnment in the Union Cemetery in St. Clairsville, Ohio at the convenience of the family.
Belmont County Council of the American Legion will conduct Full Military Honors at 10:45 am.
Share your thoughts and memories with Wilbur’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer. com.
Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio.