William E. Coke

William E. Coke


William (Bill) Eugene Coke, of Johnston, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.  Ever the Boy Scout, he was always prepared, and he had a long and productive life.  He was 85.

Bill was born on June 17, 1936 in Atchison, Kansas to James Artemas Coke and Hallie Marie Faulkner. After graduating from Atchison High School in 1954, Bill joined the United States Navy serving as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Rochester (CA-124) – a heavy cruiser.  During his deployment, he sailed to Hawaii, China, and Japan.  He was honorably discharged after which, he also served in the Kansas National Guard.

Following his military service, Bill was employed as a meat cutter for Safeway Stores, and it was there that he met the love of his life Doris Scott.  Bill and Doris were married on February 22, 1969.  They made their home in the Kansas City area for almost 50 years.  Together, they enjoyed traveling both before and after their retirements, and made multiple trips in both the United States and abroad.  Bill and Doris were both avid Kansas City Royals fans.

Bill had several hobbies – growing banana trees in his back yard, cars, and his life-long fascination with trains.  When not taking care of his banana trees, he was detailing one of his three personal vehicles or working with his large model railroad setup in the rec room of their home in Independence, Missouri.  Also a great lover of pets, Bill had a long list of cats, dogs, and fish during his lifetime.

In 2020, Bill moved from Independence to Brio of Johnston, as assisted living facility in Johnston, Iowa, where he could be closer to family.  He became an immediate favorite of the staff and residents who will both remember and miss him for his kind and friendly demeanor.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents James and Hallie of Atchison, Kansas; his wife Doris of Independence, Missouri; his brother Carl of Atchison, Kansas; his sister Rose (Ron) Bahr of Atchison, Kansas and his nephew David (Kara) Bahr of Johnston, Iowa.

He is survived by his niece Martha (Dennis) Ver Mulm of Urbandale, Iowa; his niece Janine (Larry) Hebner of Zimmerman, Minnesota; his niece Beth (Pete) Harker of Clarion, Iowa; and his nephew Dennis (Trish) Bahr of Auburn, Kansas, and a long list of great nieces and great nephews scattered across the country.

Funeral services will be held on June 25, 2022 at the Ewing Funeral Home in Iowa with interment to follow when he will be laid to rest next to his wife Doris in the Clarion Evergreen Cemetery.

Those wishing to memorial donation in his name may do so by sending it to Brio of Johnston, 6901 Peckham Street, Johnston, Iowa 50131.


Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Clarion
1801 Central Avenue East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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