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Louis Coontz

December 30, 1922 — July 31, 2015

Louis “Bill” Wilbur David Coontz, the son of Melvin Floyd and Hazel Donna (Green) Coontz, was born December 30, 1922, in Waterloo, Iowa. Louis entered eternal rest on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Alegent Creighton Hospital in Corning, at the age of 92 years, 7 months, and 1 day.
Louis graduated from West Waterloo High, in Waterloo, Iowa. Following graduation, he worked one and one half years for John Deere. Louis then moved to Omaha and worked for the Army Engineers as a store keeper during the War. Louis also worked for JC Penny, Westinghouse Electric, and several other short term jobs. He moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he worked as a hardware man. In 1943, Louis married Gertrude Hittner in Hastings, Nebraska, and this marriage would last nearly 50 years. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Louis worked at Montgomery Ward for 5 years. Louis then worked for Gorden’s Jewelry Store for 10 years selling jewelry. He retired at the age 63 following Gertrude’s death.
Louis met Peggy Wolf while travelling on a bus tour. The two would marry on April 22, 2000, at the Strand Lutheran Church. They enjoyed planting flowers and taking care of their lawn. They both later resided at Corning Nursing and Rehab with Peggy passing away in January of 2015.
Louis was a member of the Strand Lutheran Church. He volunteered his time at the Congregate Meal Site in Corning. Louis and Peggy were honored as volunteers of the year. He was a former member of the Odd Fellows in Omaha, Nebraska and the Eagles in Hastings, Nebraska.
Left to cherish Louis’s memory are his step-children: Darlene Malm, California; Elizabeth Herrick, Adel; Donald (Joan) Wolf, Yankton, SD; Kathleen (John) Bozwell, Corning; Ivan (Judith) Wolf, Corning; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Preceding Louis in death were his first wife; Gertrude Coontz; second wife; Peggy Lou Wolf-Coontz; two brothers; one brother in childhood and one sister.

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