William J. Coulson Sr.

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William J. Coulson Sr., 83, of Pottsville, entered peacefully into eternal rest Monday morning.

Born Feb. 2, 1931, he was a son of the late Arthur and Helen (Gable) Coulson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie A. (Guy) Coulson, in 2003; son, William J. Coulson Jr., in 1980; sister, Frances "Teeny" Palko; and brothers-in-law, John Palko, Joseph Uranko and Ed Moran.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina M. Coulson, Pottsville, and grandson, Nicholas W. Todak, Philadelphia; son, Thomas A. Coulson and fiancee Becky Dillman, Frackville; grandsons, Noah Dillman-Coulson and Ethan T. Coulson, Frackville, Marianne Catizone, mother of Ethan; granddaughters, Heather Catizone, Hazleton, Emily Dillman-Bell, Alana Dillman, and Julia Dillman, all of Frackville; two brothers, James Coulson, and Joseph Coulson and his wife, MaryAlice; two sisters, Betty Uranko and June Moran; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins across generations.

He was a 1950 graduate of Pottsville High School. He continued his training with the Navy to serve our country in the Korean War as an Aircraft Structural Mechanic 3, then as an Expert Submarine Hunter in The Hunter Killer Force, US Atlantic Fleet, U.S. Air Anti-Submarine, Squadron 22. His pride, honor, and dedication to our servicemen and women continued throughout his life as he devoted countless hours of volunteer service providing veterans with transportation to the VA Hospital, Lebanon. During this time, he became known as "The Apple Cake Guy" as he would bake several cakes for donation to the hospital's waiting rooms.

Additionally, in the joy of helping others, he also volunteered his time supporting local politicians, coaching little league baseball, providing transportation to his children's teams' athletic events, and providing navigational guidance to travelers across the states via his CB radio and known by the name "Halfmoon" in honor of his late wife's Native American Heritage.

Prior to his first retirement, William was employed as a steel worker by Etna Steel, then by Dana Steel Corp., and was a lifelong member of the United Steel Workers Association.

In his free time, he enjoyed engaging in hobbies such as woodworking and craftsmanship. He later returned part-time to the workforce employed as a security guard for Boscov's Department Store, then Blaschak Coal Co.

William Coulson's family would like to extend their most sincere expression of gratitude to Covenant Home Care and Ms. Patricia Pretti. Through their provision of quality care, dependability, and unwavering kindness, they made it possible for him to peacefully enter into eternal rest at home in the presence of his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, 515 W. Market St., Pottsville, with Deacon Jack Quirk officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment with military honors will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Please visit www.schlitzerallenpugh.com to leave a personal condolence for the Coulson family.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 21, 2014
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