|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1920|
|Death: ||May 21, 2010|
Richard F. Coakley, 90, of Centennial, formerly of Sterling, died as the result of a car accident on Memorial Day afternoon at Parker. The Coakleys were enroute-less than a mile from their son's home in Parker - to a Memorial Day Barbeque when driver Lois Coakley, 86, attempted a left turn and they were broad sided on the passenger side by an oncoming vehicle. Richard Coakley died a few hours later from injuries. Mrs. Coakley received minor injuries and is still hospitalized.
Richard (Dick) Coakley was the youngest of 4 sons of Thomas Alfred Coakley and Alice Drury Coakley. He was born March 14, 1920 on the family farm north of Sterling. He received his early education at Minto Valley Country School-later graduating from Logan County High School with the class of 1938. Following graduation he was employed in Sterling at Stickney's for several years - before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WWII (1942) - serving on a "destroyer" in the South Pacific during intense action.
He married Lois Jean Dagley in Sterling, on April 14, 1944. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy the couple moved to the Denver area where he began a long career with the Telephone Company. After transfers to Fort Collins, Craig and Grand Junction, they were returned to the Denver area making their home in Centennial where they still continued to live after his retirement.
In younger years Mr. Coakley loved to camp out in the mountains and trout fish. Later he became an avid golfer, bridge player and mountain trail hiker. But his greatest love was watching college football-the games held in Fort Collins and Boulder. Campus and weekend TV games during which time the "standing joke" was - - "come in, sit down and don't talk until intermission." He was also an avid landscaper, gardener - was so proud of his beautiful yard except for the time he fell from a tree while reaching too far in pruning branches.
He had a strong interest in people - keeping in contact over the years with his many cousins, nephews & nieces and "old Navy buddies" where ever they live.
He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.
Richard Coakley is survived by his wife, Lois Jean; his son Alan and wife Tina of Parker; his sister in-law Maxine Coakley; two nephews James Coakley and L.A. "Buzz" Coakley, all of Sterling; and his many nieces, nephews and cousins living over the country.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his infant son, Donald Eugene; and his three brothers, Dean, Robert and Max.
At his request there will be no service-cremation will be held.
"He is a special man who knows the strength of gentleness. Who gives the gift of thoughtfulness. Who lives a life of kindness and of love"
— Paid Memorial
Created by: Our Colorado Family
Record added: Jun 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53671226