Robert B. Coen Jr., son, husband, daddy, brother, papa and papi to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, companion, leader, mentor and friend to man fulfilled his life here on earth and entered the arms of the heavenly father at 6:57 mountain time Feb. 4, 2020. He walked with silent steps, but left enormous footprints. He spoke softly, but his words resounded through all the earth for everyone to hear. He did not talk a lot, but he said it all.
Bob was born Sept. 27, 1942 in San Antonio to Robert B. Coen Sr and Edith L. Coen. Bob’s siblings are Margaret Heinrich, Delos “Buster” Coen and sister in law Nancy M. Coen. He attended South Bend Central High and Kent State. He married Nancy Gastel Coen Nov. 8, 1969 in South Bend, Indiana.
Bob was the Site Manager at Inteplast Group in Lolita. He retired in May of 2012. His hobbies included Trivia Master, Avid Sports fan/professional athlete and wildlife watching.
From One Man’s Dream, here we are. The legacy and seeds he planted will bear fruit for eternity. Now He will be able to see it all. That which has all ready bloomed and that which will bloom because of him. As we all held Him and sang he entered in with total Peace and Joy knowing his legacy is eternal. He finished well. The Father was there to tell him “Well Done, you left it all on the floor my good and faithful servant.”
His parents just celebrated their 50th anniversary last November (18,250 days). All who knew him knew it was important to be an amazing husband, daddy, grandfather, great grandfather and faithful friend. The family shared Christmas together this year.
He believed in living your best life. One of his favorite sayings was, “let your walking do your talking”. Well he lived that, you knew who he was by the way he lived his life. He was a man of his word. He was loyal to the end, and the most giving man we know. He was a champion to help and fight on behalf of the persecuted and less fortunate.
The best way we can honor him is, when we find stable ground and our new normal, is to go and live our best life possible. To him that means to find peace and true happiness and to be the best people we know to be. He has left such a long amazing legacy. Which was obvious to anyone at the hospital in his final moments. The sea of tears that were wept for him were not only out of sadness but from our true love and to honor the warrior that he was as he passes on to heaven and enters into the great cloud of witnesses.
His family will miss his baby blue eyes, his smile, his passion for learning, his love for bettering community, his laugh, his little sayings and mannerisms, his inquisitive mind, and his heart for grand and amazing things. When you were talking to him you always knew you had his undivided attention and felt like you were the only one in the room. Take a moment to tell the people you love how special they are. Do not forget to tell them everyday how you feel.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Joy Coen, of Colorado; beloved children, Shannon and James Bates, Jennifer and Larry Daniels, and Robin Coen; cherished grandchildren: Ashley and Jeff Hills, Joshua and Haley Daniels, Matt and Cheyanne Tesar, Sarah and Brant Biffle, John and Jessamy Daniels, Tyler Bates, Deborah Daniels, Justin Bates, Cody Bates, Shane Bates, Serenitee Coen, Journee Coen, Abigail Bates, Ethan Bates, Destyn Bates; adored great-grandchildren: Addalin Tesar, Carson Daniels, Sawyer Daniels, Riley Biffle, Harrison Hills, Aria Biffle and his Fur Baby,Trixie.
Bob was preceded in death by his loving parents Robert and Edith Coen “Muffer and Faffer”, cherished grandsons, Robert Coen and Selah Jaron Bates.
Bob’s Celebration of Life and Legacy was at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at The Little Chapel of the Hills in Divide, Colorado officiated by Pastor and dear friend Larry McKnight
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to a special memorial fund, which will be announced soon.