Mr. Charles Marion (Chuck) Coe passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020 in Roswell, Georgia at 104 years of age. He was born March 8, 1916, in West Lafayette, IN, son of Floyd Coe and Donna (Wilson) Coe of Clarks Hill and West Lafayette. He was raised on their farm in Clarks Hill, IN, and worked his way through Purdue with his dance band called "Chuck Coe & the Purduvians". He played saxophone, clarinet, and flute. They even performed on several cruise ships to Europe & back, including the SS Normandie and SS Ile de France. He was active in the Army ROTC while at Purdue. In 1938 Chuck married his college sweetheart Ruth Angert and in 1939 he graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Chuck served in WW II from 1942-1946 as a Captain in the Army, 92nd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels” under Patton and others. After more than a year in North Africa and Sicily he was part of the invasion of Normandy, D-day plus 3, endured the Battle of the Bulge and helped to liberate Berlin.
Chuck & Ruth settled in Kokomo, IN. He had many interests and hobbies. He was a great photographer with a complete darkroom for developing his own film and photos. During the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s Mom and Dad made their own unique picture Christmas cards with Mom doing the artwork and Dad taking the pictures and developing the prints. This was 40 years before this type of greeting card became popular, a precursor to today’s Photoshop. Dad could fix anything. He loved to fix cars, electronics, appliances and anything else around the house, a master handyman. And watches – he was a craftsman watchmaker for many years. After retiring from Continental Steel as Superintendent of the Steel Division he and Ruth moved to Lake Emma in Groveland, Florida. They were very active in their church, and truly enjoyed working as Youth Counselors there for many years which included rafting & tubing trips down the river, as well as swim gatherings for the youth in the lake at their home. Mom and Dad took a course in gold-filled wire wrap jewelry, and he made many beautiful bracelets for family and friends. Dad continued his watch and bracelet making activities until his eyesight failed. He was an active member of the Elks in Kokomo, a Master Mason of Howard Lodge #93 and was a member of the Rotary Club in Florida and Georgia.
Chuck and Ruth loved years of square dancing in Florida and also near Culberson, NC, where they spent summers. In order to live closer to family, they moved to Chambrel-Brookdale Senior Living in Roswell in the late 1990's and lived there for 14 years. Chuck and Ruth were happily married for 75 years before Ruth passed away in 2014.
Chuck Coe was an honorable man. He was a man of great faith, peace, patience, and humility; and his children remember him seldom, if ever, raising his voice or seeming angry. He was an inspiration to his family, and to all who knew him.
Chuck and Ruth are survived by their three children Carol (Jay) Sargent of Roswell, GA; Larry (Marcia) Coe of Longboat Key, FL & Valparaiso, IN; and Linda (Don) Coatsworth of Avondale Estates, GA; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, and nine step great grandchildren.
Services will be private and interment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton GA, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in his memory to Edge Memorial United Methodist Church, PO.Box 87, Groveland, Fl.34736, or Northbrook United Methodist Church in Roswell, or a charity of your choice.
We love you dearly, Rest in peace Dad.
Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566 | scotthuskins.com
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