James Richard Coates

November 13, 1928 - July 25, 2020
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James Richard Coates, age 91, Grove, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at his home.

James was born November 13, 1928 in Long Beach, California, son of the late James McKenzie Coates and Cherrie Ethel Martin Coates. He served in the United States Navy aboard the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul during the Korean War, and after his discharge attended university at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation he was employed as an electrical engineer by the US government working for the Navy civil service in San Diego, California.

He retired in 2003, and had been a resident of Grove, Oklahoma since his retirement.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Allen Brockman Coates.

Survivors include his son, Thadd Coates of Afton, Oklahoma; brother, Glen Coates and wife Kathleen of Redding, California, niece, Julia Coates of Los Angeles, California, and nephew Mark Coates of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary.