COE, CLYDE L., passed away in his home on Tuesday, February 12, just two weeks before his 91st birthday.
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A 62-year resident of Louisville, KY, Clyde grew up in Marion, KS. After a brief career working for a newspaper there, he joined the U.S. Army where he served in the South Pacific during World War II as a Beach Commander in the Amphibious Engineers. While stationed in Memphis, TN, before his tour of duty, he met the love of his life, Jane Parks, whom he married in Louisville when he returned from the war. They celebrated their 67th anniversary in January 2013. Following the war, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 27 years, ultimately retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Clyde graduated with honors from the University of Kansas Civil Engineering School in 1950. He worked for Hazelet & Erdal, Inc. for 42 years as a professional engineer and Senior Vice President. Some of his design projects included the Kennedy Bridge and highway I-64 in Louisville, and the I-40 Bridge in Memphis, TN, which won Best Superstructure of the Year after its completion. He was a member of the honorary fraternities Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Tau. He served as president of the Kentucky Chapter of Civil Engineers, president of the Kentucky Engineers Council, and president of the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. After his retirement, Clyde was presented the Robert. M. Gilliam Professional Recognition Award for his service to civil engineering.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Lt. Col. Coe was an active and long-time member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid golfer, gardener and sports enthusiast. He will forever be remembered for his honesty, his sincerity, his playfulness and ingenuity, and above all his everlasting love for his family.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Jane P. Coe; daughter, Jan Coe and her husband, Eric Westlund; two grandsons, Lucas Coe-Starr and Shaun Westlund; nieces, Lisa Kaiser, Sara Parks, Anne Buster, Cathy Patterson, and Becky Cameron; and nephews, Bob Parks, George Coe and Jim Coe.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, with visitation beginning at the church at 10 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church or to Hosparus.
The Coe family would like to expressly thank the staff of Hosparus for its devoted care and the Rev. Bill Williamson for his many prayers and visits.
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2013