Owen Ross Coats

September 14, 1930March 9, 2019

Owen Ross Coats, 88, of Glasford, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Methodist Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born September 14, 1930 in Glasford the son of Hiram and Margaret Verna (Asbell) Coats. On March 21, 1950 he married Barbara Elizabeth Jacobs in Glasford. She survives, as well as two sisters, Ila Faye Tuttle and Eunice (Jim) Melsby. He is also survived by three sons, Darrell (Karen) Coats of Bartonville, Darren Coats of Glasford his partner Anthony Fisher of Peoria and David Coats of Washington; four grandchildren, Christopher (Jill) Coats of Bartonville, Charissa (Troy) Green of Mapleton, Lucas Coats and spouse Daniel Homer of Seattle WA and Jacie (Josh) McClaskey of Canton; four great grandchildren, Andrew Ross Coats, Owen Michael Green, Nora Elizabeth McClaskey and Nova Rae McClaskey. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Duane, five brothers, Cecil, Kenneth, Ronnie, Dennis and Virgil. As well as four sisters, Maxine, Lela, Colleen and Margaret Jean. Owen loved his family, his hometown and IBHS previously called TTHS that he graduated from in 1948. That same year he started work at Jansen Schaefer, now known as, RA Cullinan. He remained with Cullinan until he retired with 50 years in 1998. Throughout his life he remained an avid IB sports fan, so much so his name was added to his seat. His favorite sport to watch was basketball and he enjoyed it until the very end. Go Tigers!!

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2-5pm at the VFW in Bartonville. Memorials may be made to IBHS Athletics and St Jude Children’s Hospital.

To view Owen's online memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


  • Hiram Coats, Father
  • Verna Asbell Coats, Mother
  • Barbara Jacobs Coats, Wife
  • Darrell (Karen) Coats, Son
  • Duane Coats, Son
  • Darren Coats, Son
  • David Coats, Son
  • Eunice Melsby, Sister
  • Ila Faye Tuttle, Sister
  • ~ Four ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ Four ~, Great-grandchildren
  • Owen was preceded in death by his parents; son Duane; five brothers; and four sisters.


24 March

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Owen Ross Coats

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Joe Stoner

March 18, 2019

What a great man and a great FAN! You will be missed.

Randy Toepke

March 16, 2019

Barb, Dave, and family
I was fortunate to work with Owen at RA Cullinan in late seventies and early eighties. It was truly a fun time in my life and I loved the construction work as a young man. Owen was truly the one who took me under his wing and watched over me. He showed me the ropes and we really had a lot of fun. The end of a hard day’s work sitting on the curb afterwards was a good way to wind down the day’s accomplishments. I just adored Owen, as I know my brother Ron did. I also got to know Dave as he was beginning his stint as I was getting ready to move on in my career. It was a great time in my life and Owen was definitely the man and a huge reason I enjoyed that time even while having to work hard and in the heat. Best wishes and I thank Owen for being someone in my life that made a positive difference
Randy Toepke


March 13, 2019

Darrell and Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad.