Howard L Coy

December 23, 1926February 11, 2013

Howard L. Coy, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at his residence with his loving daughter by his side. Howard was born on December 23, 1926 in Scotia, California, the son of Harry D. and Mildred (Heinbach) Coy. He met Rita Perkins in Oakland, California on February 5, 1950 and followed her back to Fort Wayne, IN where they were married on November 3, 1951 in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church. Howard was a Korean War Veteran and served as a Sergeant in the US Army from 1952- 1960. He loved Ford automobiles, and owned his own auto repair shop in Berkley, California before coming to Indiana. He was appointed to the Ivy Tech Advisory Committee as a member of the Automotive Technology Department in 1974 and continued to work in the automobile repair business as a Service Manager/Shop Foreman until he retired from Allen County Motors in 1988. A lifelong fan of music, Howard liked to entertain his family and friends by playing the guitar, harmonica and singing old songs and ballads. He was an avid reader and loved reading about history. He lived an excitement filled life and traveled frequently. He liked to entertain everyone with stories of his adventures and misadventures. He enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren and was always happy to see them. His family was always first in his mind and his heart. His laugh, his whistling, his voice and his sense of humor will be missed by everyone who knew him. He looked for the best in people and was always willing to help others. Howard touched the hearts and souls of many people. Those that were closest to him are better for having known him. His smile and warmth will be deeply missed. Surviving are his daughter Dolores (Lori) Silvers; sons, Gordon L., Thomas A. (Kelle), and Paul R. (Lisa) Coy; sisters, Bernice Coveleski of El Segundo, CA, Barbara (Robert) McMilan of Livermore, CA, and Harriet (Babe) Birkhofer of Guerneville, Ca; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Vance, Ian (Brandie) Vance, Nicole (Christopher) Abbott, Stephanie Hood, Joshua Coy, Mason Coy, and Shayna Coy; two step-grandchildren, Brian (Krista) Diehl, and Katie Diehl; thirteen great grandchildren and one step-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita in 1993, his son Steven in 1977, his parents Harry and Mildred, and three brothers, Donald, Clyde and Wayne Coy. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2013 at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Ft. Wayne with one hour of calling before. Visitation will also be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Red Cross, Ft. Wayne Chapter or Heartland Hospice. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2013

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Ken Richards

December 28, 2017

He was a wonderful Man,and the best buddy I ever had. I think of him often. Stick Buddy

December 27, 2017

Dad, I need you more than ever now. Please continue to watch over me. Love, Dolores

December 18, 2016

Dear Dad,
Thank you for continuously watching over me and protecting me from Heaven above. I know it was you who stopped me from rushing into harms way a while back. I told the story to Mary Ellen and she said "Your daddy was watching over you" There was never a doubt that divine intervention played a role. I am loving you and missing you every day. Until we meet again...Love, Dolores


March 25, 2016

That was an awesome story!! I believe dad is still with us too. Last week a voice whispered in my ear "check your oil" I had Gordon check it and it was bone dry!!! I knew it was dad! Dad always took care of my cars when he was here and he is still taking care of them in the afterlife.Also, the lights in dads "man cave" always flicker when I am down there.I get such an overwhelming presence of him, I just want to cry. Thank you dad for being my Guardian Angel. I love you and I miss you.

Julie Coy Mack

March 24, 2016

I think of him often, seriously, nearly every day! Great story Mason. Miss my uncle Howard.


March 23, 2016

Hey grandpa! Thanks for showing yourself to me today I love you!

I want to share what happened with everybody who reads this and it might not make sense with the tech lingo but here goes. A couple of weeks ago I thought about visiting grandpa registry (this site) and the thought went in and out of my head many times, but never got around to it. Then today I went to kill the open pages on my phone and the FIRST page was his registry page!! I make a habit of killing pages many times a day so it shouldn't have been there, but it was. Make of it what you want, but I have and continue to believe he still presents himself in our lives. I honestly find it funny because grandpa would always ask me to help him with technical stuff whenever I was over at his house. Just a friendly, "I still got it," type thing. He's such a wonderful man. Small subtle things can make a world of difference.


February 13, 2016

I will forever miss you. I can't believe it has been three years since you have been gone. Thank you for being my guardian angel, watching over me, just as you did when you were on earth. Give mom and Steve a kiss from me. I love you <3

December 25, 2015

Yellllow!! Miss you grandpa!! Happy birthday and Merry Christmas. I gave you a different kind of present yesterday, I hope you hear my prayers! I can only imagine the grin on your face right now. I love you

December 24, 2015

One of the best Buddys I ever had. Was thinking about your Birthday on the 23rd,and the photo is really you. Stick Buddy

Dolores Silvers

December 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad. I love you <3