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Jack Edmond Coyle

DANVILLE, VA: Jack Edmond Coyle, of 436 Brentwood Drive, Danville, VA passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Danville Regional Medical Center. He was born January 24, 1930 in River Rouge, Michigan to Cora Tasch Coyle and John L. Coyle, both of whom preceded him in death.

Jack was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, OH. He attended elementary schools in Port Clinton as well as Oakmont, PA. While living in Oakmont, he was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Rifle Team. Jack was trained and certified at Camp Perry as a small-bore rifle instructor. He was active in many phases of local Scouting, including troop committees, merit badge counselor & Camporees in Ohio and Virginia.

Jack attended Jr. High in Port Clinton and graduated from Port Clinton High School. He went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Toledo (Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed by U.S. Gypsum, Co. for over 43 years, working as an Engineer & Supervisor at plants in Gypsum, OH; Genoa, OH and Danville. Jack moved to Danville in 1969. At the Danville Plant he was the Manufacturing Supt. for many years and Engineering Supt. before retiring on March 1, 1996.

On December 10, 1949 he married Ramona Jane (Bennett) Coyle, who survives. Ramona and Jack were parents of six children, five of whom survive. Jack and his wife, Ramona, were long-time GWHS football and band fans, holding season tickets and also following the team and band to out-of-town competitions whenever possible for over 30 years. They were students of Flo Haynes' Monday night "Wet-On-Wet" oil-painting classes for almost eight years at Glenwood and Schoolfield schools.

Jack was also an avid "family genealogist" and with his brother Jim had researched and recorded many branches of his and related families, with some records dating back as far as the early 1600's. His hobby, in addition to genealogy, was woodworking, and his interest was in furniture repair and refinishing.

Jack was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church for many years, serving on various boards and as lay reader, driver for CTR (Christian Training for the Retarded) Van, member of church council, Legal Trustee and as Treasurer for over 20 years. At the time of his death, Jack was a member of the Board of Stewardship and was the Financial Recording Secretary and Legal Trustee.

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by one daughter, Jane Ellen (Coyle) Akers of Jetmore, KS; four sons: John Edmond Coyle, Jr. and his wife, Ravanelle (Eanes) Coyle of Biloxi, MS, James Michael Coyle and his wife, Michael of Danville, Joseph Alan Coyle of Christiansburg, VA, and Jeffrey B. Coyle of Raleigh, NC; his sister, Mildred Yeomans of Banning, CA; his brother, James Alvin Coyle and wife, Renee of Port Clinton; his sister-in-law, Lorraine Jenson and husband, Ronald of Port Clinton; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Judith Coyle, his sisters, Naomi Jean (Coyle) Meachen, and Eleanor Honsperger, his three brothers-in-law: The Rev. Bob Yeomans, Karl Honsperger and Charles Meachen, his granddaughter, Christie Akers, and his great-granddaughter, Zoe Coyle.

A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Norris Funeral Services, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville with Rev. Brian Martin officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour following the service.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpk., Danville is serving the Coyle family. Online condolences may be made at
Published in the News Herald on Aug. 5, 2014
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