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Roland E. "Rollie" Coats
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1928
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 2009
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

Rollie E. Coats, 81, a lifelong resident of Milton, passed away Saturday at home, with the love of his family and friends around him. He was born on January 2, 1928, in Milton Township, Rock County, the son of Harry and Grace (Noey) Coats. Rollie was raised on the family farm in Milton, WI. The Coats' farm has been in the family for over 100 years. He graduated from Milton Union High School in 1945. Rollie served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1946 to 1947, stationed in Ft. Lewis, WA, and during his time in the Army had served as a decoder; on the USS Mt. McKinley. He married Mary Theresa Turner on Oct. 11, 1949. Rollie took over the family farm and farmed by day, and worked as a Telegrapher for the Milwaukee Railroad for over 35 years. Rollie enjoyed hunting in his earlier years and loved prairie dog hunting out west. Rollie hunted pheasants in South Dakota with his black lab, Blackie. He was the Wisconsin State Skeet Shooting Champion in the early 1970s. During the summer months he enjoyed a good game of tennis with his friend, Doc Burdick on the old college courts. He also enjoyed a good game of horseshoes at the 4th of July family picnics. Rollie owned an ultra light plane and could be seen many summer nights flying over Milton. He also loved motorcycles, and he and Mary would cycle along the Mississippi River and out west together. Rollie was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Milton. In the 1980s he was a member of the Men's Cursillo Movement directed by his brother-in-law, Fr. Wayne Turner, previously of St. Joseph Parish in Edgerton. Rollie is survived by his wife, Mary Theresa Coats, and together they raised their four children: Rolly Coats of Milton, Cindy (Rick) Hall of Janesville, Chris (Toni) Coats of Evansville, and Paula Ervin of Phoe-nix, AZ; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his best friend of over 70 years, Jerry Berg of Milton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Wesley Coats, who died in WWII. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH in MILTON, with Msgr. James Uppena presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Milton, with full military honors provided by Kienow-Hilt VFW Post 1621. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family. 
Family links: 
  Harry Wesley Coats (1897 - 1972)
  Grace May Noey Coats (1900 - 1977)
  Mary Theresa Turner Coats (1928 - 2012)
  Wesley Paul Coats (1921 - 1944)*
  Roland E. Coats (1928 - 2009)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Mary Cemetery
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Sue
Record added: Aug 03, 2009
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Roland E. Rollie Coats
Added by: Sue
Roland E. Rollie Coats
Added by: Sue
Roland E. Rollie Coats
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 Added: Aug. 3, 2009

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