George W. Coder, Sr., 86, of Ellport, Pennsylvania and Arcadia, Florida, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. George was born August 17, 1927 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the late George S. and Grace Chambers Coder.
A 1946 graduate of DuBois Area High School, he was an all-star basketball player and many knew him as “Spider”. George served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. A two-time Purple Heart recipient, George was a proud veteran. He served as a radio operator during World War II and as an infantry machine gunner during the Korean War. George worked for Kroger’s for 10 years and went on to become a district manager for the Sherwin Williams Company, from which he retired in 1992 after 36 years.
George is a 50 year member of the Ellwood City Masonic Lodge, Loyal Order of the Moose, The Ellwood City Saxon Club, The Consistory of New Castle, The Consistory Legion, the American Legion and the VFW. George was dedicated to serving in his community; he was an active member of the Ellwood City Planning Commission and Past King Lion. A long time member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellwood City, he served on its board of directors.
A fan of all sports, George was an avid golfer and the past president of the Delmar Golf Course Board of Directors. He played semi-professional basketball for the DuBois Chevies shortly after high school and later coached youth basketball. Even after he was unable to play sports, he loved watching professional basketball, football and baseball in his home in Ellwood City, as well as his home in Arcadia. George also enjoyed woodworking in his home shop, playing cards, and most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret Nadine Coder, whom he married on October 10, 1948; daughter and son-in-law, Christine Lynn and John Bottorff of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Laurel Coder of Medina; son, George Coder, Jr. of Ellwood City; and a daughter and son-in-law, Cassandra and Paul Pishioneri of Ellwood City; he is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Leila Mowry, Sandra Coder and Linda Coder. George also enjoyed many years with his 11 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Robert Coder; and his brother-in-law, and dear friend, Paul Mowry.
Friends will be received Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 6 to to 8 P.M. and Monday, August 26, 2013 from 9 A.M. until the time of the memorial service at 10 A.M. at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
“George has been such an inspiration in our lives. A Marine, an amazing Father and Grandfather, never seen without a grin on his face and compassion in his heart.”
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