John Francis Coyle, 85, died Friday (Dec. 31, 2004) at Community Hospital of McCook.
He was born Oct. 18, 1919, to John and Amanda (Wendele) Coyle at Culbertson. He attended and graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis in 1939. He lived in Frontier and Hitchcock County all his life.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Drill Sargent. He was a disabled American veteran.
On May 6, 1945, he married Alice May Jewell of McCook at Garden Prairie First United Methodist Church. To this union six children were born.
He was a farmer and had received the Nebraska State Wheat Farmer of the Year from the Wheat Growers. He was a 4-H leader for more than 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion, the Eagles, Nebraska Wheat Growers, National Farmers Organization, Nebraska Farmers Union, Frontier County Historical Society, was on the school board and active in the Nebraska Small Schools Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife Alice May on May 1, 2004; two infant sons, John Wayne Coyle and William Lynn Coyle; and brother and sister-in-law, Ervin and Verna Coyle; and brother-in-law, Paul Warnock.
Survivors include three daughters, Patty Harris of Tucson, Ariz., Mary Alice and husband, Richard Corman of Edgar and Donna and husband, Bill Liess, Greeley, Colo.; son, John Coyle Jr., of McCook; sister, Velma Warnock of Culbertson; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services are Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Interment will be in the Garden Prairie Cemetery, north of McCook on Highway 83.
Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m., and Tuesday until time of service at the funeral home.
Friends may also go online at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.