Ralph Edwin Coates, age 72, of Round Lake Park, was called home Monday, August 16, 2010.
Ralph was born July 16, 1938 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to Ralph Elvin and Laura (Space) Coates. On June 17, 1961 he married Lucretia J. Mazuc at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Melrose Park.
Ralph served in the U.S. Navy as a Senior Chief Petty officer from 1958 until 1979. He served his country with honor for 22 years. He was also a valued employee of Baxter Healthcare Corp. for over 20 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was on the school board for St. Joseph Catholic School. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 8214, he was a 4th Degree Knight with the Bishop Quarter Assembly 197, and a member of the Lake Villa V.F.W. Post 4508.
He was a dedicated family man, loved the outdoors and all animals.
Survivors include his wife Lucretia of 49 years; three children, Randall (Denise) Coates of Orange Park, FL., Karen (Brian) Battisfore of Round Lake Park, Elizabeth (Erik) Vandenbroek of Spring Grove; eight grandchildren, Breanna, Bridgit, Jenna, Jaden, Raelynn, Kristin, Johnathan, Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert (Loretta) Coates.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Justen’s Round Lake Funeral Home, 222 W. North Rosedale Court (at Cedar Lake Road), Round Lake, Il 60073.
Visitation will continue on Friday, August 20, at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until prayers at 9:15 a.m.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 114 N. Lincoln Avenue, Round Lake, IL 60073.
Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.
You may send the family an online condolence at www.justenfh.com , or call 847-546-3300 for more information.