Coats, Freeman William, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away February 26, 2011, in Midland, age 91 years. The son of the late Chester Benjamin and Myrtle Lulu (Burleson) Coats, Freeman was born March 22, 1919, in Richland Township, Saginaw County. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1937. Freeman married the former Virginia Jean Bueker on November 9, 1941, at Kochville Methodist Church in Kochville Township, Saginaw County. He entered the United States Army in April, 1942, and served as a military government officer both stateside and in Korea until 1946. He was honorably discharged from the army with the rank of Captain, military government. He returned to Saginaw and re-joined the Saginaw Police Department where he remained until his retirement in 1974. He served as Chief of Police from 1969 through 1974. He and Virginia camped throughout the USA both before and after his retirement. He was an avid photographer for many years and enjoyed dancing and playing bridge. A man of great intellectual curiosity, Freeman spent hours at Saginaw public libraries researching family genealogy as well as history, science, languages, geography, religion, politics and current events. Freeman was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder, and Clerk of Session. He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia, who died May 14, 2008, his parents and his brothers, Milton and Walter. Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Francis (Sandy) Coats of Palmetto, Florida, and Zella Wallace of Saginaw; a son, William Coats and his wife Sally, of Midland; a daughter, Carolyn Medendorp and her husband, Thomas, of Lowell, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Anderson Coats and his wife Theresa of Fife Lake, Megan Mullins and her husband Matthew of Muncie, IN, Gretchen Coats and her husband Brian of Saginaw, Douglas Medendorp of Lowell, Suzanne Maurer and her husband, Julius, of Grand Ledge, Leigh Fettinger and Russell Babcock of Midland, Daniel Fettinger and his wife Yana, of San Francisco, and Anne Valentino and her husband Damon, also of San Francisco; 12 great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, 121 S. Harrison Street, Saginaw. Rev. Dr. Robert L. Emrich will officiate. Private committal services will take place later in the Kochville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, and then at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those wishing to make a more lasting memorial in Freeman's memory are encouraged to consider the Genealogy Department of the Saginaw Public Library, First Presbyterian Church of Saginaw, or the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Michigan, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48076.