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October 6, 1927 - July 6, 2017 NORMAN Norman native Joe Coker was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Norman, OK to Charles B. and Judith V. Coker. Joe departed this life peacefully July 6, 2017. After high school, Joe joined the Coast Guard, where he served two years. Upon completion of military service, he attended The University of Oklahoma and graduated with a B.S. degree. After graduating from O.U., he married Marion McCaskill in Plainview, TX on Aug. 27, 1949. Marion and Joe moved to Boston, MA, where he attended Harvard Business School and obtained an M.B.A. degree with High Distinction. Upon graduation, they moved to Bartlesville, OK, where he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1954, they moved to Oklahoma City, where he joined his father in the automotive business, Joe Coker Pontiac, until his retirement. He served as President of the Oklahoma City Dealers Association, Chairman of Pontiac Texas-Oklahoma Dealer Council, the Pontiac National Dealer Council and the General Motors Presidents Advisory Council. He received the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award. Joe and Marion had four children, Ken, Susan, Gregg, and Brett. They moved their family to Norman in 1957. Joe was active in several youth programs. He was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster for 24 years. He was a Scoutmaster at three national Jamborees and at the Canadian and New Zealand Jamborees and at the World Jamboree in Japan. He served on the Last Frontier Council Executive Committee, the Regional Executive Committee and the National Committee for International Relations. He received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Eagle Scout Association National Outstanding Scoutmaster award, Extra Miler award, and the Good Shepherd award. Under his leadership, 126 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout (including his three sons). He was President of the Norman Band Parents for seven years. He was one of the founders of Sooner Swim Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church. He taught a Sunday school class for many years, was a Deacon and was active on several church committees. He was a member of the Northwest Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club, where he was President and then Lt. Governor of Division 19. Mr. Coker was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob Coker; and sister, Jane Arrington. He is survived by his wife, Marion; sons, Ken & wife Ellen, of Norman; Gregg & wife Terri, of Hoover, AL; Brett, of Pensacola, FL; and daughter, Susan Hilgenfeld & husband Mike, of Norman; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Marjorie Ryan, Plainview, TX; and brother-in-law, George Arrington, Canadian, TX. At his request, the family will hold a Private Graveside Service. The family thanks Dr. Merrill and the generous, gracious staff at Grace Living Center for the excellent care given Joe during his stay there.
Published in The Oklahoman on July 9, 2017
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