2012-11-15 / Obituaries

Jack Coates, Sr.

November 12, 2012

Jack A. Coates, Sr., 82 of Wysox, PA, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre following a brief illness. Jack, the son of Roy and Frederica Mast Coates was born Aug. 15, 1930 in Sayre, PA.

On March 31, 1951, he married Alyce Park and had recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. For their first 11 years together, he was employed by the Vandervort Feed Mill in Wysox, after which they bought, established and maintained a successful dairy farm together.

Surviving are his wife, Alyce; five children and their spouses, Martin and Patricia Coates of Wysox, Nancy and Patrick Beebe of Wyalusing, Jack, Jr. and Susan Coates of Wyalusing, Alan and Lynda Coates of LeRaysville and Katrina and R. Drew Wilkins of Dushore; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom brought him great joy. Family gatherings were his most treasured times.

Also surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, George and Betty Coates of Vestal, NY; his sister, Thelma Senecal of Oklahoma and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ted Coates in 1990; brother, James Coates in 1976 and sister, Irene Hufford in 2011.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave. Towanda, with the Rev. Thomas Geiger, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in the Standing Stone Cemetery, Standing Stone Twp.

The family received friends Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Flowers for the service will be provided by the family. Contributions may be directed to the Wysox Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, Box 302 Wysox, Pa., 18854, or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Jack A. Coates, Sr.

Memories and condolences may be expressed and shared by visiting the website of www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.

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