Douglas Walter Coykendall of Fredonia, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute with his family at his side.
Douglas was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., on Oct. 3, 1940. He was the beloved son of the late Dora (Williams) Coykendall.
Douglas graduated from Fredonia High School in 1958. He attended Fredonia State University and Erie Community College before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam as an Army pilot from 1964-65, receiving the Air Metal Award with 11 oak leaf clusters. He proudly participated in many Veterans Day celebrations to teach young children about the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served in the United States military.
Douglas was a member of the Army-Otter-Caribou As-sociation and the NRA.
Douglas recently retired from Westburgh Electric in Jamestown, N.Y., where he worked in outside electrical sales. He also owned and operated DC Electric.
He enjoyed the outdoors during all seasons, sailing, gardening, waterskiing, cross-country skiing, hiking and boating. He was a daily runner and enjoyed playing racquetball. He enjoyed many family vacations to Florida, Savannah and North Carolina. He en-joyed flying and talking about aviation with his son, Timothy, and his many aviation buddies. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a devoted and loving "Papa" and enjoyed his grandchildren every chance he got.
He was the devoted and loving husband of Audrey Coykendall (Wragge), whom he married on April 18, 1970. He is also survived by a son, Timothy Coykendall (Liz) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; daughter, Kristin Tomaszewski (Daniel) of Fredonia; and sister, Doranne Damore (Patrick) of Fredonia, N.Y. He was the loving grandfather of Sage and William Coyk-endall and Josephine and Mason Tomaszewski. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday, Sept. 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia, N.Y. Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, 25 Church St., Fredonia, on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. Interment, with full military honors, will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: C/O of Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202; or donate.lls.org/lls/donate.
Online condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneral home.com.
Arrangements by David J. Dengler.