George Coyle, 94

A faithful Christian and simply wonderful man was able to rejoin with the love of his life on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. George Dewey Coyle, age 94, of Osgood passed away at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born on April 25, 1928 to Dewey and Ruth Coyle, in Hamilton, Ohio. 

He enjoyed his childhood days going to school and playing baseball with his friends and cousins in the city. However in April of 1945, his family moved to the Milan area where he later graduated from Milan High School.

While still in high school, George attended a party in Lookout. Upon his arrival, as he frequently explained, he met the most beautiful girl he had ever seen, Leona “Jo” Pelsor. Soon thereafter, his family had decided to move back to Hamilton, but George had fallen in love and decided to stay in the country.

This was a very tough time for him, he had to stay with a family friend, had little money and no car. His dad had hoped his circumstances would make him return to the city. But it did not work. He would walk four (4) miles to see Jo on a routine basis, graduated high school, and got a job at Seagram’s in 1947 where he proudly worked for over 42 years.

On August 6, 1949, at the Tyson Temple in Versailles, he was united in marriage with Jo. Her family accepted him with open arms and he took on a new task of helping on the farm. Like everything he did, he gave 110%. There, on this farm north of Delaware, the young couple built their family home and raised their four (4) children. 

George was a great father, balancing work, family, community service, and of course Mud Pike Baptist Church into his life. He was the longest known member of Mud Pike Church with 75 plus years, serving in every office they had. Per their Christian faith and values, George and Jo were able to provide a loving and giving home.

George and Jo were happily married for over 60 years until her death in 2010. He never, for one day, stopped talking about or loving her; she remained the most beautiful person he ever knew.

He served as the Delaware Township Trustee, served on the Jac-Cen-Del School Board of Trustees, and was a member of Milan Masonic Lodge. For those that knew him well, it was easy to tell he was a strong Democrat as he loved to talk politics any chance he got.  He also enjoyed playing a fierce game of euchre and laughed as he taught tricks of the trade to each of his grandchildren and great grand kids.

He will be dearly missed by children Lila Neal, Larry (Connie) Coyle, Cindy (Jim) Bischoff, and Tami (Mark) Jones, grandchildren; Shannon (Jeff) McLeod, Travis (Toya) Neal, Fred (Alesha) Neal, Chad (Erin) Bischoff, Jason (Shannon) Bischoff, Derek (Abby) Jones, Abby (Kyle) Hackman, Megan (Zach) Simon, and several great grandchildren, and lots of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jo, and sisters Mildred Elizabeth Black and Mary Geneva Coyle, along with son-in-law Bill Neal.

Visitation will be held on Sunday September 18, 2022 from 2-7 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Monday September 19, 2022 at 11 a.m., at Mud Pike Baptist Church, with doors opening at 10 a.m. Memorials may be given to Mud Pike Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Online condolences can be placed on

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