Thompson Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home
Nappanee, IN 46550-1002
(574) 773-3173


Jimmy W. Coates

July 22, 1964 - March 19, 2012

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Jimmy “JW” Coates, Leesburg, age 47, died Monday, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne, resulting from injuries from a moped accident Saturday evening near Etna Green.

He was born July 22, 1964 to Elvis H. Coates and Janice M. Goodwin. He grew up in Texas and Washington, and moved to Indiana 18 years ago. He served in the US Navy on the USS Flint. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and riding horses. JW had been a professional bull rider in Texas.

Surviving is a daughter, Codi Coates, Etna Green; mother, Janice M. Goodwin, WA; Sisters, Sandra Larsen, MT, Debbie Griffin, FL, Cheryl Marshall, Seattle, WA, Pamela Tucker, MS, Monica Pittman, LA; Brother, Michael Coates, FL; 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Elvis H. Coates and brother, Barney Frith.

Cremation will take place and there will be visitation from 2-4:30 pm at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee on Friday, March 23, where a memorial service will follow at 4:30.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Jimmy Coates Memorial Fund.