PLEASANT HILL - Gerald "Jerry" Dean Coate, age 85, of Pleasant Hill, passed away Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at Covington Care Center. He was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Laura, Ohio, to his parents, Chester Arthur and Elsie Mae (Mowry) Coate. Jerry graduated from Newton High School class of 1948. On Nov. 2, 1956, he married Rena Lucille Emrick and together they shared a life for more than 56 years.
He worked as a truck driver for Val Decker Packing Co. and worked at Dinner Bell Foods. Jerry retired from Hobart Corp./PMI in 1981 and also retired as a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the VFW Post No. 6557, American Legion Post 487, and the Korean War Veterans Association-Western Ohio Chapter, Piqua. He was a member and deacon of the Laura Christian Church and was a member of the West Milton Lodge 577 F.& A.M, Dayton Scottish Rite, WACO Historical Society and Miami County Genealogy Society.
Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends and will be missed by all.
He will be remembered by his loving wife, Rena Coate of Pleasant Hill; daughters and son-in-law, Jacqueline "Jackie" and Robert Sweitzer of Troy, and Tracy McGuire of Pleasant Hill; sons and daughter-in-law, Rick Coate of Pleasant Hill, and Chad and Erin Coate of Troy; grandchildren, Ryan Noll (Megan), Cody McGuire, Ethan McGuire and Cora Coate; step-grandchildren, Eric Sweitzer (Beth), Jason Sweitzer, Adam Sweitzer, Ryan Sweitzer, Misty Zeller (Justin), Dustin Swabb, Cody Swabb and Kristin Swabb; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Dale Elliott Coate of El Cajon, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean (Beck) Coate in 1954; son Ronald Coate; brothers D.L. "Bud" Coate and Max Coate; and sister Letha Argabright.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Laura Christian Church, 1 S. Main St., Laura, Ohio, with interment following at Wheelock Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County or the National Parkinson's Foundation. Online memories may be left for the family at www.jackson-sarver.com.