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Paul G. Coe

Paul G. Coe September 29, 1925 – May 18, 2013 Paul G. Coe passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and children on May 18, 2013, going from our loving hands into God's. Paul was born to Charles and Verna Coe on September 29, 1925, in the Appleton area of Grand Junction, Colorado. He attended local schools graduating from Grand Junction High School in 1943. After graduation, Paul volunteered in WWII serving as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions in Europe and as a member of General Eisenhower's Honor Guard. After the war, Paul and his brother owned and operated the Overpass Store in Clifton. In 1950, he began his carrier with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. Paul entered the Postal Inspection Service in 1958, receiving multiple promotions and transfers finally retiring in 1980, as Regional Chief Postal Inspector of the thirteen state Western Region. He and Margaret then returned to Grand Junction where he worked in real estate. Paul was married to the love of his life, Margaret Merlino, for 60 wonderful years. Their marriage was one of respect, strength and deep abiding love. Paul was a supportive father who was greatly admired by his three children. His smile was brightest when he was with a grandchild. After retirement, Paul volunteered locally. A humble man, his children only recently learned of his many service awards. As a member of Elks Lodge #575 for 33 years, Paul enjoyed taking VA Hospital Veterans wheelchair bowling. He was named Elk of the Year in 2001-02, Western District Elk in 2001-02, and Elks National Veterans Service Volunteer for Colorado in 2005-06. Paul was also part of the Redlands Lions Club where he provided vision screening to hundreds of area schoolchildren. He served as president in 2006-07, received the Lion of the Year award in 2001-02, and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for Humanitarian Service. Paul was a member of the Colorado Mesa University Maverick Club, the Mesa County Concert Association Board, and the Sounds of Praise at St. Joseph Catholic Church. An avid fly fisherman and sports enthusiast, Paul also enjoyed dancing and many outdoor activities as well as traveling with Margaret and their friends and family. Paul was incredibly kind, generous, honorable and self-sacrificing man whose deep faith in Jesus was expressed in his loving actions. He had a marvelous sense of humor, made friends easily and kept them for life. The world is a better place because of Paul, and his passing will be felt by many. Paul is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Debra and husband, Tom Guyton of Austin, Texas; David and wife, Michelle of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Patrick and wife, Debbie of Monument, Colorado; grandchildren, Ryan and Madison Dixon; James Blythe-Coe; Gavin and Ethan Riker, and Michael, Lauren, Emily, and Braden Coe. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Ann Mendicelli, and Al Merlino, his brother-in-law, fishing and sports buddy; numerous nieces and nephews, and countless treasured friends. Paul was preceded in death by parents, Charles and Verna Coe; siblings, C.M. "Mick" Coe; Bill Coe, and Lorraine See, and beloved grandson, Alex Dixon. A rosary service will be held Monday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. The funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church Tuesday, May 28 at 11:00 followed by inurnment at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1:00. A luncheon reception will follow at St. Joseph Community Center. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the St. Joseph Church building fund, 300 White Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th St., Grand Junction, Colorado 81506, or a .

Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 26, 2013
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