John P. Coy

Death:Sunday, February 17, 2008
Ogle Co, Illinois

John P. Coy, 64, lifelong resident of Oregon, passed away Sunday Feb. 17, 2008 in Oregon Health Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer. John was born Sept. 23, 1943 in Oregon, the son of Henry & Stella Zmuda Coy. He married Rena Taylor of Franklin Grove on April 17, 1965. John was a 1962 graduate of Oregon High School. As a young man, John developed an intense interest in the collection of military memorabilia. After many years, his collecting resulted in him building the Stuka Military Museum in Oregon. During the past three decades, many historians throughout the United States, as well as foreign countries, contacted John and built lasting relationships with him due to his unquestionable knowledge within the field of military collecting and authenticity. A large amount of John's military collection has been photographed over the years and published in many books in which he is credited. John has the honor of being credited in twenty plus widely published military collectible books. A well known publisher bestowed the honor upon John of dedicating and publishing a book about military patches for future collectors to use as a reference. He was an endowment member of the NRA. John's other lifelong interests included antiquing, scouring the flea markets for bargains, fishing, meeting and talking with war veterans, as well as being an avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Rena; son, Jeremy; granddaughter, Jasmine; brother, Henry C. all of Oregon; sister, Veronica (Thomas) Eytalis of Tracy, CA; special foster daughter, Cindy Yang of New York, NY; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by his parents. Funeral services will be held Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 at 10:30 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Rev. Carl Sokol officiating. Burial will be in Daysville Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 PM in the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in his name.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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