Kenneth D. “Chief” Coy, 84, of Fremont, died Nov. 11, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society.
He was born Feb. 20, 1928b in Medford, Ore., to Dorris P. and Doris E. Arens Coy. He met and married the love of his life Winifred A. Brownlee on Jan. 10, 1947.
Kenneth joined the Navy at age 17 and was stationed in Ottumwa at the Naval Base in 1946. Kenneth spent 30 years in the Navy, retiring from active service in 1968 as chief petty officer. His service time took him to many places in the world. He mainly talked about the time he spent in China. In July of 1976, Kenneth was awarded the Special Meritorious Award for Extraordinary Valor while attached to the U.S. Naval Gun Boat LSM-444 engaged in action against an unknown hostile during April 19-21, 1949. This award is the highest allowed for peace-time action against hostiles and has been authorized for the North China Contiguous Forces. Kenneth moved his family back to Ottumwa in 1971.
Kenneth is survived by three sons, Kenneth D. Coy Jr. of West Grove, Paul (Marsha) of St. Louis and Ralph (Deb) of Fremont; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred in May 23, 1996; brothers, Tony and Rex; and a sister, Catherine.
As were Kenneth’s wishes his body has been cremated, and no visitation or services are planned.
Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Shrine of Memories Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.