Dr. Richard D. Coak, 87, of Indianapolis, passed away unexpectedly following a brief illness Sunday, August 21, 2011. He was born January 26, 1924 in Jackson, Michigan, the son of the late Sam and Lulu (Weber) Coak.
After graduating high school in Jackson, Michigan, Dick entered the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Europe. Following the war, he graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Medicine. He was in general practice in Tecumseh, Michigan. He later was an anesthesiologist in Adrian Michigan, where he also founded the Christian Medical Mission in conjunction with the Adrian Dominican nuns, which provided medical assistance to the poor.
He then moved to New Castle, Ind., where he was anesthesiologist at Henry County Memorial Hospital, and also worked in pulmonary medicine for several years. He was active in the Adrian, Mich., and New Castle, Ind., Medical Societies. After retirement from the medical field, he attended Ball State University in Muncie and studied Graphic Design. He then owned and operated RC Design up until the time of his death.
While in New Castle, he was active in Rotary, tutored reading at the Adult Basic Education School, and was active in the Bible study group at First Presbyterian Church. He also was a past member of St. Anne Catholic Church in New Castle. He was presently a very active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where he did much volunteering at the school.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Carol A. Coak of Indianapolis; four children, Diane Felts of Pflugerville, Tex, David (wife, Louise) Coak of Manchester, Mich., Julie (husband, Bob) Sinclair of Tecumseh, Mich., and Craig (wife, Michelle) Coak of Edmonds, Wash.; six grandchildren, including Chris Sinclair of New York City, and twins Katie and Kyle Sinclair of Tecumseh, Mich.; a sister, Helen Sabin of Sun City, SC; and several nieces and nephews.