October 26, 1924 ‒ December 18, 2015
MANSFIELD: Ray Coe never left you wondering about his opinions – he was not afraid to state them. A man characterized by a strong work ethic and healthy sense of humor, Ray was mechanically minded. He had the ability to see a problem, visualize the solution and work through it. It was an enjoyable way for him to help others.
All of this life’s problems are solved for Ray, as he passed away Friday morning December 18, 2015 in Marion General Hospital – a month following the passing of his dear wife Jean (Henry) Coe. Ray was 91.
Born October 26, 1924 in Mansfield to Clyde and Nina (Ernsberger) Coe, Ray was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and served six years in the US Navy. A machinist in the Navy, he learned tool-and-die, and could fix about anything they gave him.
He took his mechanical skills to Stevens Manufacturing, where he helped design and build the physical plant, and served Essex Wire for decades. Following retirement he continued to work part-time with Hi-Stat Manufacturing.
Ray operated a family farm south of Lexington, raising cattle and hogs. A skilled craftsman, he was hard-working and well-rounded, often found repairing equipment or woodworking and refinishing furniture. Blessed with a rich tenor singing voice, Ray had taught himself to play the guitar and dabbled in genealogy.
He is survived by his son Thomas (Connie) Coe of Shiloh, daughter Carol (David) Hartpence of Edison and daughter Marcia (Robert) Wood of Sunbury; grandchildren Bethany (Dylan) Black, Roberta (Cliff) Altman, Jodi (Johnny) Merry, Nathan Hartpence, Ryan (Lana) Hartpence, Kelly (Matt) Beck, Jared Wood, and Kathleen (Jonathan) Luchsinger; 14 great grandchildren; sister Marge Kalis of Mansfield; sister-in-law Nancy (Glenn) Walker of Fredericktown; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by brothers Elzie and Earl; and sisters Ivy, Betty, Mary and Jean.
His family will receive friends Monday, December 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The Wounded Warrior Project may be made through the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ray’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com