Jim Coats 1948-2013
Jim Coats, age 65, of Doland, S.D., died Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Avera McKennan Hospital at Sioux Falls after a long illness.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 11, in the United Methodist Church at Doland with the Reverends Kris Larson and Harold Loewen officiating. Burial followed at the Doland Cemetery.
He was born James Leslie Coats on March 17, 1948 at Miller, S.D., the son of Francis and Gleo (Roberts) Coats. The family moved later that year to a farm near Doland. Jim attended school at Doland, graduating from Doland High School in 1966. He continued farming with his dad.
On July 1, 1967 he was married to Chris Thompson at Doland. To this union four children were born.
Jim married Jane Mehlberg on August 14, 1982 at Raymond and to this union two children were born.
Jim has been a farmer all of his life, loving the land, raising cattle and hogs. In addition to farming, Jim was proud to say he was a blade and equipment operator for Ken Hiles Construction, and since 1997 he was a blade operator for Spink County Highway Department, retiring in November of 2012.
He was active in many community affairs, serving on the Belle Blaine Township Board for many years, and on the Doland School Board for 25 years. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, softball and car races and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Second to none, though, was his love of family. He spent countless hours with all of his children and grandchildren, attending their school events and being a proud supporter of Doland High School and all of its events.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife Jane Coats of Doland; his father, Francis Coats of Doland; mother-in-law, Eleanor Mehlberg of Raymond; children, James (Lisa) Coats of Huron, Shelley Coats of Doland, John (Susan) Coats of Brookings, Erin Coats (Brian Ellison) of Aberdeen, Jennifer Coats of Mitchell and Josh Coats (Bailey Hurlbert) of Doland; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Cheri Martian of Trail City, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gleo; his father-in-law, Clarence Mehlberg; and a brother-in-law, Richard Martian.
An on-line registry is at www.furnessfuneralhome.com.