Councilman with 2 decades of service passes away

Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton honored former councilman LeRoy Coe, who served in the Air Force in the early years of the Vietnam War, during a previous Liberty’s Veterans Day celebration. Coe passed away June 29.

LIBERTY — Floyd LeRoy Coe, who served for 21 years on the Liberty City Council, passed away June 29, at the age of 81. He served as a councilman from April 1987 to April 2007.

The Second Ward councilman and his late wife, Carol, marked their 61st wedding anniversary in August last year. They married Aug. 30, 1957, in Liberty. Carol died in January this year.

From their union, the couple has two sons, Michael, and Joe and wife Tressa. They have four grandchildren, Samantha, Kimmie, Paige and Haley; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Coe served 13 years in the Air Force and then worked 29 years with Missouri Public Service.

City Administrator Curt Wenson worked with Coe during the latter part of Coe’s tenure on the Liberty City Council.

“LeRoy Coe was a proud veteran and was passionate in his devotion to the city of Liberty,” Wenson said. “He was an integral part of a lot of the accomplishments you see today all around the city. He was very passionate about the maintenance of the city-owned cemeteries.”

Current Mayor Lyndell Brenton served with Coe when Brenton was elected to the council in 1997.

“On the council, LeRoy looked out for the folks that felt like they were not being heard or had been forgotten,” he said. “He was not afraid to speak up and be their voice. LeRoy really loved Liberty and its citizens.”

Brenton said he admired Coe’s passion.

“Sometimes his passion would get him so fired up I thought he was going to spontaneously combust right in front of us,” he said. “I quickly came to realize LeRoy was really a big teddy bear who wore his heart for his town and people on his sleeve. I will always remember LeRoy’s chuckles, his infectious laughs and his servant heart.”

Councilman Jeff Watt worked with Coe through the Cemetery Advisory Committee and the American Legion as both men marked service in the military.

“LeRoy had a great sense of humor,” Watt said. “He was a very resourceful, hard worker who was dedicated to his family and community. When the cemeteries were vandalized, LeRoy was one of the first people to come out and help. He helped to gather volunteers and he was also one of the first members to the advisory committee.”

Watt also remembers Coe’s dedication to the American Legion and to the Avenue of Flags.

“You could always count on LeRoy and his brother to be there helping,” he said. “My funniest memory of LeRoy though, was wherever he went, he always had his Yorkies with him. He called them his attack dogs.”

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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