Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 9:19 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Leslie A. Coates

Feb. 27, 1939- Feb. 25, 2011

Leslie A. Coates, 71, died Feb. 25, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wis., with his family at his side, after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia complications.

He was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Montreal, Canada, the son of Basil and Muriel (Chapman) Coates. He married Lorna E. Paris then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he operated a data processing school for a number of years. Later, he moved to Berlin, Wis., where he was a salesman for Sentry Insurance.

Les loved Lake Michigan fishing and during the summer months he operated Instant Fun Sport Fishing Charters part-time with his son, Michael. After leaving Sentry Insurance, he spent summers operating Alaska Sport Fishing Tours out of Anchor Point and Homer. Following retirement, he moved to rural Wautoma, Wis. and continued his love of Lake Michigan fishing on a personal level and as an independent health insurance agent until ill health.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lorna E. Coates; daughter, Lisa (Buddy) Crowder, Kenai; son, Michael Coates, Homer; grandson, Casey; and granddaughter, Kelsey. Memorial services were held March 3, 2011, at Leikness Funeral Home in Wautoma, Wis. with Rev. R. Alan Spitler officiating.