Gale Edwin Coak, an 84-year-old former Trenton resident, died on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at his home in Columbia under hospice care.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at the Methodist Church in Schell City. Burial will in the Green Lawn Cemetery near Schell City.
A family visitation will be held at the Lewis-Hogland Funeral Home in Schell City from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.
Mr. Coak was born on May 16, 1925 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of Letis and Esther Endsley Coak.
He served in the United States Navy in World War II from December 1943 until April 1946. After his discharge from service he returned to Indiana, where he married Patsy Ruth Miller on Aug. 4, 1946. She died on April 24, 1980.
He farmed on the Edgar Morrison place near Swayze, IN until 1956, when, due to the health of his wife, the family moved to Arizona. He became a union painter in Arizona, a job he held for 26 years. Later he owned and operated restaurants in Ft. Wayne, IN, Camp Verde, AZ and Schell City. He moved to Schell City in 1987 and later lived in Trenton for a short time before moving to Columbia.
He is survived by four sons, Carl Robert and his wife, Sheryl, of Cottonwood, AZ, William Bradley and his wife, Leda of Peoria, AZ, Bryant Edwin and his wife, Deborah of Glendale, AZ and Jerry Lee and his wife, Robin of Phoenix, AZ; two daughters, Charlotte Edene Hall of Osceola and Terry Lynn Begley and her husband, Billy of Harwood; 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one sister, Phyllis DeLuceney and her husband, Edward of New Haven, IN; one brother, Ronald Coak and his wife, Marsha of Ft. Wayne; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Bill Bailey of Schell City and Sharon Morrison Green of Swayze; and his companion, Anna Martin, at their home in Columbia.
In addition to his wife, Patsy, he was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Gale Duane; a daughter, Carole Elaine Maxwell; three brothers, Charles, Bernard, and Duane (Toots); and two sisters, Leatrice Ringer and Ronita DeVaux.
Memorials are suggested to People for Pets in Nevada, MO or a charity of the donor’s choice, which may be left with the Lewis-Hogland Funeral Home in Schell City.