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Arrangements by: North Santiam Funeral Service

 

 
  

James A. Coyle
May 27, 1941 – March 14, 2015

Sublimity – James (Jim to friends and family), 73, died Saturday in Salem. He was born in Lebanon, but grew up in Sodaville. Jim served as a US Marine during the Vietnam War. He returned to Oregon and worked as a mechanic and truck driver until getting a Masters of Forestry at OSU and working for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Jim married Roseann Butler on January 22, 1966, in Sublimity. Together, they raised three children in The Dalles alongside their lifelong friends, the Kornegays. They moved back to Sublimity in 1990. After retiring from ODF, Jim maintained a herd of cattle on his family’s farm in Sodaville. Other than a brief time in Missouri, Jim and Roseann lived their entire life in Oregon.

Jim loved the outdoors and was a dedicated hunter, camper, boater, fisher, and explorer. Jim and Roseann enjoyed exploring the continent in their RV. Jim was an avid reader and a gifted woodworker. Jim was a direct, linear descendant of Ruben S. Coyle, an original pioneer and signer of the Oregon Constitution. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, the Elks, Toastmasters, and the National Firefighters Association.

Jim is survived by his wife: Roseann of Sublimity; father: Alton Coyle of Lebanon; children: Jason (Janet) Coyle of Sublimity, Bryan (Nakeshia) Coyle of Salem and Joanie (Craig) Wigginton of Sublimity; sister: Jadala Coyle of Lebanon; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris, brother, Doug and sister, Lois Reasoner.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 7-8 pm at North Santiam Funeral Service in Stayton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity, with interment following in St. Boniface Cemetery. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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