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Lyle C. Coats, of North Liberty, IA and formerly of Mt. Carroll, died at the age of 87 on April 1, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 2, 1931 in Whiteside County, Jordan Township to John and Grace Coats. He attended Milledgeville High School and graduated with the class of 1949. He proudly served the country for four years (1951 to 1955) in the US Navy aboard the USS Rehoboth, a geographic survey ship.

He married Marjorie F. Thicksten on Dec 30, 1952 at the Prophetstown Advent Christian Church. Together they farmed in the Mount Carroll area, having lived there from 1955 until the summer of 2016, when they moved to Sterling. During those years, he served for 12 years as a board member of the Carroll Service Company at Lanark, IL, serving as president for three of those years. He was a member of the Gideons International, joining in 1974 and serving faithfully for so many years. He had a jail ministry in the Mt. Carroll and Whiteside County jails from 1978 to 2014. He was a member of the Faith Reformed Church of Lanark where he served as an elder, secretary of the board, and treasurer.

After retiring from farming, he took to the road with his wife, traveling around the country with their trailer in tow, visiting family and friends each year with extended stays in Southern California and Florida as a means of escaping the midwestern winters. There was also a journey to Alaska, something Lyle had always wanted to do. He was a man of deep faith who enjoyed sharing it with others. He was also someone with a fondness for books by Louie L'Amour, something most of us didn't know about until he'd retired from the hard work of farming.

He is survived by his three daughters: Lori (JK) Ross of Seattle, WA, Susan (Mike) Dailey of Iowa City, IA, and Barb (Dan) Johnson of Glen Carbon, IL; his son: Craig Coats of Seattle, WA; his six grandchildren: Sarah (Marc) Swanson, John (Marissa) Ross, Stephen Dailey, Ryan Dailey, Aaron (Arianne) Johnson, Emily Johnson; and his four great grandchildren: Kai Ross, Lily Ross, Micah Swanson and Emmett Swanson.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents John and Grace, his wife Marjorie, his three brothers Wendall, Keith, and Cloy and his two sisters Lois and June Gibbs.

His devotion to what he believed in, his warmth, his smile and his sense of humor will be sorely missed by those who knew him and loved him.

Visitation will be Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Avenue in Sterling. Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Herb Bollman officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Gideons.