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Obituary for James Donald Coe `

James D. Coe, 72 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 30 2024 at Meadowbrook in Appleton after a brave battle with cancer. 

Born on April 19th, 1951 to the late Chester and Myrtle (Whalen) Coe in Oshkosh, WI.  The family was so proud of Jim's service in the Army and as a Vietnam Veteran receiving multiple purple hearts, service medals and other accolades.

 Jim loved snowmobiling, being outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He raised and bred huskies and each one was his favorite!  From childhood, Jim was a kind and loving person who went out of his way to care for others.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son Jason Coe; and brothers John Coe and Alvin Coe. 

He is survived by his cat Archer; best friends and caregivers, Dave and Jill Wheeler who though of him as their Dad; their sons, Cody and Connor who called him Grandpa Jim; sisters, Bonita (Douglas) Lockrem, Dawn (Chuck) Clark, Carolyn Coe-Weeks; sister-in-law, Janice Coe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Boss, when we met, I knew we would be great friends. You became more like our Dad, our boys called you Grandpa Jim. I always called you “Boss” because you ran the show but you called me “Boss” right back because I always “bossed” you around. Told you to behave, not to flirt with the nurses, to eat something when you didn’t feel like it; but a burger and chocolate shake would always get a smile. We fought just as hard with you the first time and you won but we all knew that we might be back to fight in the future just as hard again and unfortunately this time it won. You were brave till the end. You were a true Hero to us and everyone who knew you. As Dave would say, “Love you Old Man” until we will meet again.

We would like to thank the Doctors and Staff at Aurora Medical Center and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center for all their help and support for Jim. We would also like to thank Aurora Hospice and the Nurses for all your support and caring for Jim during this time.  

God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around you, and whispered ‘Come with Me.’

With tearful eyes We watched you suffer, and saw you fade away, although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest,

God broke our hearts to prove He only takes the best.

Jim will have a Celebration of Life with Military Honors at a later date.

In lieu of Flowers, Memorial donations can be sent to Aurora Hospice at

Aurora Health Care Foundation Dept 7738074

PO BOX 806163 Chicago, IL 60680

Or Attn: North Hospice Program or call  414-615-5935