HOWARD L. COY, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at his residence with his loving daughter by his side. Born Dec. 23, 1926, in Scotia, Calif., he the son of Harry D. and Mildred (Hein bach) Coy. He met Rita Perkins on Feb. 5, 1950, in Oakland, Calif. and followed her back to Fort Wayne, where they were married on Nov. 3, 1951 in Saint Patrick's Catholic Church. Howard was a Korean War veteran and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1952 tot 1960. He loved Ford automobiles, and owned his own auto repair shop in Berkley, Calif. before coming to Indiana. He was appointed to the Ivy Tech Advisory Committee as a member of the Automotive Technology Department in 1974 and continued to work in the automobile repair business as a Service Manager/Shop Foreman until he retired from Allen County Motors in 1988. A lifelong fan of music, Howard liked to entertain his family and friends by playing the guitar, harmonica and singing old songs and ballads. He was an avid reader and loved reading about history. He lived an excitement filled life and traveled frequently. He liked to entertain everyone with stories of his adventures and misadventures. He enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren and was always happy to see them. "His family was always first in his mind and his heart. His laugh, his whistling, his voice and his sense of humor will be missed by everyone who knew him. He looked for the best in people and was always willing to help others. Howard touched the hearts and souls of many people. Those that were closest to him are better for having known him. His smile and warmth will be deeply missed." Surviving are his daughter, Dolores (Lori) Silvers; sons, Gordon L., Thomas A. (Kelle) and Paul R. (Lisa) Coy; sisters, Bernice Coveleski of El Segundo, Calif., Barbara (Robert) McMilan of Livermore, Calif., and Harriet (Babe) Birkhofer of Guerneville, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Vance, Ian (Brandie) Vance, Nicole (Christopher) Abbott, Stephanie Hood, Joshua Coy, Mason Coy, and Shayna Coy; two step-grandchildren, Brian (Krista) Diehl and Katie Diehl; 13 great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, in 1993; son, Steven, in 1977; parents, Harry and Mildred; and three brothers, Donald, Clyde and Wayne Coy. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, with one hour of calling before. Calling also from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Red Cross, the Fort Wayne Chapter or Heartland Hospice. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. To leave online condolences, Please visit


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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 13, 2013