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Coates, Harold Lee
July 19, 1921 - Dec. 4, 2010

Harold Lee Coates, 89, Venice, Fla. died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. Survivors include his wife of almost 68 years, Wynema; daughters Marcia (Jack) Puckett of Oxford, Ohio, Carol (Fred) Downs of Frankfort, Ind. and Cheryl (David) Morris of Groveland, Fla.; sister Jean (Don) Seyfried) of Vista, Calif.; nephew Steve (Mary) Seyfried of Saugus, Calif.; eight grandchildren; John (Julia), Jim (Polly), Meghan (Mark), Mindy, Sarah (Duncan), Tom (Laura), Daniel and Elizabeth; 14 great-grandchildren; Jared, Hannah, Jaime, Dylan, Rachel, Jack, Emma, Austin, Rose, Grace, Cody, Logan, Tanner and Payton.
Harold was born July 19, 1921 in Indianapolis, Ind., to Lee and Grace Lemasters Coates. He graduated from Southport High School; attended Ball State University; served in the US Navy (1942-45); and retired from Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Co. after 37 years.
Harold's faith was expressed in music and ministry as a soloist, member of the Missionaries Quartet; choir director of Edgewood United Methodist Church in Indianapolis for 25 years; director of Men for Missions Chorus at OMS International conventions; music leader of many revivals, retreats and missionary meetings; and member of Christ United Methodist Church choir. He also served as president of the Men for Missions Council, volunteered at OMS Int. headquarters in Greenwood, Ind. for 17 years, and went to Haiti, Columbia, Ecuador and Spain on mission trips. He was also the director of the Eli Lilly Company Chorus and other community choirs.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church on Center Road in Venice, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. Memorial donations may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church Mission Fund.
Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2011
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