Terrence O. Coots

June 23, 1965 ‒ April 04, 2015

Crestline, Ohio
Formerly of Morrow County, Ohio

Terrence O. “Terry” Coots, age 49, of Crestline and formerly of Morrow County, died unexpectedly on Saturday evening, April 4, 2015, at Galion Community Hospital following a brief illness.

On June 23, 1965, Terry was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, one of eight children of the late Orville and Dolores (Vipperman) Coots. As a family, they moved to Morrow County shortly after he was born, where he grew up and attended Mount Gilead High Schools.

Terry was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

For many years, Terry worked in construction for the International Laborers Local Union #423. He worked on countless projects building bridges, stadiums, helping construct roads, etc.

Appreciating the simple things in life, Terry’s favorite pastime was sitting on his porch swing enjoying a cup of coffee. He also loved watching westerns and football, rooting on the Minnesota Vikings.

Having a green thumb, Terry loved planting his vegetable garden every year. He also enjoyed taking care of livestock: chickens, cows, and pigs; with his dog, Princess, always by his side.

One of a kind, there will never be another Terry Coots. Somehow he always managed to be the center of attention, and he had a smile that would light up the room. He also was very imaginative and creative, always thinking of new ideas and ways of life.

He will be dearly missed by his beloved companion of 20 years, Mikila Swango of Crestline; four children: T. Michael (Mollie Young) Coots of Galion, Shiela (Bryan) Carver of Bellville, Brandon Ruby, and Hailey Coots, both of Crestline; four grandchildren: Makayla, Brooklyn, Madison, and Bryan; six siblings: Lisa Holtrey of Mount Gilead, Brenda (Hank) Nelson of Cardington, Leonard Coots of Delaware, Terisa (Leroy) Christian of Piketon, Philip (Christina) Coots of Fredericktown, and Debbie (Robin) Trimble of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews who lovingly knew him as Uncle Terry.

Including his parents, Terry was preceded in death by his infant son, Joseph Coots; and a sister, Sheila Coots.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Friday. Burial will take place at a later date in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to his family to help with unexpected expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to server Terry’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry for you lost. We knew Terry for many years as we were neighbors. He played with our children. They played baseball in my yard .I expected a broken picture window, which never happened. We had many picnics at what were called the neighbor hood tree. He will be dearly missed by all. Prayers to the family and friends. Just remember God only takes the best.

  • TO all his loving family members ,
    My thoughts and prayer’s go out to in your time of grief.. Thou I have not seen Terry since I was a little girl growing up in Mt,Gilead Him and his brother Phil spent many Birthday’s and time at our house with my Oldest brother Kevin Carte who passed in July and will be there to greet Terry on the other side I am sure! May God wrap his arm’s around your family and hold them tight during these trying times and the day’s to follow! Never say goodbye, say until we meet again! God bless
    ! Shelley Carte Barnhill and family

  • Sorry for your loss…i pray you all may be comforted by Gods Grace. I wish I could make it….but unfortunately, I am tied up at this new job. Take care you guys God Bless!!

  • So sorry for you loss, prayers are sent for all of your family members in this time of need. Our family grew up with you family in our younger years, Kevin Carte was really the only one that kept in touch, especially with Phil. Kevin, whom we lost suddenly in July 2014 will be there to greet Terry.
    Prayers to all the family and friends!

  • To all Terry’s family and friends you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Terry spent a lot of time at my grandparents house my Dad Raymond Baker. He will be deeply missed.

  • My heart felt condolences to the family .I will always remember Terry as a childhood friend and always trying to keep me and Phill out of trouble, God Bless.

  • Loved you like a brother and I’m still in shock over this. I will never forget you or that big smile you always seemed to have .You was one of my first friends when I moved up here and we had so many great times .I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it do to health reasons but you and your family will always be in my heart .
    Love all of you

  • My condolences goes out to the family of Terry. Death is never easy and nothing prepares us for the pain of losing a loved one. May you find comfort not only in your family and friends, but also in God. He is the hearer of prayers and will give us comfort. Psalms 34:18

  • My sympathy to the entire Coots Family.
    Sorry for your loss. I want to share with you a comforting promise from God that he has given us at John 5:28,29 it gives us hope in seeing our loved ones agsin, he feels the pain we go through so he wants us to be happy and it wasn’t God’s purpose for us to experience death so, he is going to fix that problem soon.

  • To my Cousins and family`s I am sending my Love from Colorado I remember the fun times as kids out at the farm , having fun fallin out the hay loft landing on the poles and my head on the runnin board of the truck , Terry said I wasent dead lol so much fun we all had Im sorry I couldn’t be there but I was there in spirt and thought Love you all and miss you your cousin Angie..

  • I am so sorry for everyone’s loss.I have been remembering when we were younger and were together all the time. Like when Angie fell out of the hay loft and we thought she was dead and Terry Said she wasn’t because she was still breathing. We weren’t supposed to be in the loft to start with but we always did that sort of stuff. I miss you guys and my thoughts and prayers are with you guys.