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Published: Saturday, 4/2/2005

Appliance repair owner was volunteer fire chief

WESTON, Mich.- Martin R. Coy, 76, who owned and operated Jasper Appliance, an appliance repair store here for many years, died Wednesday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, Mich.

He died from complications of a stroke, family members said.

In 1968, he and his wife, Jennie, started their own appliance repair shop, which they owned and operated for many years.

"He enjoyed being involved in the community," his son, Gerald, said.

A volunteer firefighter, Mr. Coy served as fire chief in Lenawee County's Fairfield Township and was elected Michigan's "Fireman of the Year" in 1969.

He was a former president of the Lenawee County Fireman's Association and Kemco Credit Union. He served as a constable, treasurer, and then supervisor/assessor of Fairfield Township.

Born in Jasper, Mich., Mr. Coy attended Sand Creek Agricultural Schools in Sand Creek, Mich., graduating from high school in 1946. He then took a job as a supervisor in the press room of Kewaunee Scientific Equipment Corp., where he worked 22 years.

Mr. Coy married Jennie May Gardner on June 23, 1947, and the couple settled in Weston.

He enjoyed volunteering at many craft and music festivals, where he loved to play music and participate in rug weaving.

"He loved to play his steel guitar and other instruments," his son said.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie Coy; daughters, Marilyn Mullins and Carolyn Scheitler; sons, Gerald and Richard Coy; 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today in the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian. The family suggests tributes to the Jasper Bible Church or the Fairfield Township Fire Department.

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