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Clyde "Junior" Coats, Jr
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Birth: Sep. 21, 1926
Death: Feb. 26, 2013

Clyde "Junior" Coats Jr., of Martin, S.D., 86, died February 26, 2013, in Yankton. He was born September 21, 1926, southwest of Martin on the old Cherry place. His parents were Clyde Robert and Jennie (Cummings) Coats. His grandparents were Milton and Margaret (Livermont) Cummings. Clyde was the fifth of nine children and the youngest of four boys.

Funeral services will be at the American Legion Auditorium, Martin, with Deacon Cal Clifford officiating.
Burial at the Martin Community Cemetery with American Legion Post #240 providing military honors.

Survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Lois J. (Babby) Coats; son, Dr. Gary L. Coats and his wife, Dr. Rachelle Sutton-Coats; daughter, Dr. Gloria J. Coats-Kitsopoulos and her husband, Terry Beardt. He is also survived by all five of his grandchildren, Travis Coats and wife, Lia, John O. Kitsopoulos and wife, Michelle, Kathleen Lois Kitsopoulos, Jared Coats and Cassandra Leigh Coats. Clyde is also survived by his sisters, Eileen Mikesell, Hazel O'Bryan and her husband, Dean, Fern Boomer and her husband, Cleon, and Opal Smith and many, many nephews and nieces.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Jennie Coats; brothers, Robert, Darwin and George Coats; and sister, Vera Huddleston Olsen.

When World War II began, the Coats family moved to Kansas where Clyde's father worked on the air bases that were being built. Clyde left the family in 1943 at the age of 17 and moved to Bremerton, Wash., where his sister, Vera lived, and went to work in the shipyards. In 1944, he joined the Navy, and due to his background in the construction field, he was transferred to the Seabees. He was only 18 when he was sent to build an airstrip on Okinawa, and his ship was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane. He received minor injuries, but suffered in later life to the haunting flashbacks due to the fierce hand to hand combat on the island of Okinawa. He was being shipped home and was on the ship in the bay right off the island when the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Clyde could see the mushroom cloud in the distance.

Martin Community Cemetery
Bennett County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Annon
Record added: Mar 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106336081
Clyde Junior Coats, Jr
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