Edwin E. Coil, 89, of Decatur passed away Monday, February 15, 2021, at Adams Woodcrest. He was born October 28, 1931, in Willshire, Ohio to Foster and Gertrude (Stetler) Coil. He was married April 22, 1951, at Pleasant Mills Methodist Church to Ruth E. Ehrsam.
He served his country in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 serving in the 5th RCT Regiment Combat Team. He graduated from Spencerville High School in 1949 and went on to graduate from International Business College. He worked for Zollner Corporation for 34 years serving as the general manager of the Detroit Pistons from 1965 to 1975. He also served for 18 years as an Adams County Commissioner for District 2 and on the Adams Memorial Hospital Board.
He was a member of Pleasant Mills Methodist Church, Moose Lodge #1311 of Decatur, Elks Lodge #993 of Decatur, American Legion Post #43 of Decatur and F & A M Lodge #571 of Decatur. He was also a member of the Mizpah Shrine of Fort Wayne, the Royal Order of Jesters of Fort Wayne and Zollner’s Quarter Century Club. He served as the Adams County treasurer for 1½ years and was on the Adams Central School Board. He was vice-chairman of Zollner Corporation Board and was a board member from 1971 to 1975 for Metropolitan Society for Crippled Children & Adults.
He is survived by his wife of Decatur; two sons, Rick (Jean) Coil of White Lake, Michigan; and Eric (Sherry) Coil of Decatur; daughter, Denise (Jeff) Alberding of Decatur; brother, Rex (Carolyn) Coil of Springfield, Ohio; two sisters, Teresa (Gary) Leppla; and Betty Howell, both of Wapakoneta, Ohio; four grandchildren, Christie (Neil) Komer; Aimee (Brad) Badarak; Lance Coil; and Blake Coil; two step-grandchildren, Jordan Lister and Jennifer Starlin; and great-grandchildren, Landon and Caroline Komer; Trevor and Oliver Badarak; and Remi Coil.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wilma Gehron; and three brothers, Richard, Larry and LaVerne Coil.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 20 from 5-7 p.m. and two hours prior to the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Sunday, February 21 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. Officiating will be Pastor Karen Garner with the eulogy by Doug Bauman. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #43 Color Guard of Decatur.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Mills Methodist Church or Shriner Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.