Terrence O. Coots
June 23, 1965 ‒ April 04, 2015
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.