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Born in Bismarck, North Dakota on Oct. 6, 1936
Departed on Feb. 9, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon.

Fred James “Jim” Coker passed away peacefully at home on February 9, 2018, in Albany, Oregon at the age of 81.

Jim was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to Fred R Coker (1895-1939) and Irene J Sundland Coker (1900-1983). The family moved to Salem, Oregon following the death of their father. The youngest of nine children, Jim entered into the U.S. Marine Corps, serving the later part of the Korean War and receiving an Honorable Discharge in April of 1959, completing his 8 year term in January of 1961. Jim then married Margaret Louise Hardy and raised four daughters in Salem, OR. He retired in 1996 from a longstanding career working for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a Switchman. He enjoyed watching football, summer gardening, a strong ocean storm and light houses. He was a “Good Ol' Boy” who had a circle of friends he very much enjoyed solving the problems of the world with. Maintaining his sense of humor to the end he said he just did not have any “giddy up and go” anymore, disliked hospitals and doctors (they were going to drain him dry), and he was not happy in a hospital that did not get his old cowboy channels. His favorite past time was playing the Oregon Lottery Mega Bucks (with kicker) and daily Lucky Lines. He proudly displayed the American Flag and honored the Veterans.

He is survived by his daughters Tammy (Alex) Bick of Salem, Michelle (Roy) Choate of Stayton, and Ann Coker of Salem; Sister Joan Anderson of Salem; 17 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; Preceded in death by his daughter Debra Asher in 2003 and Margaret L (Coker) Walker in 1998 as well as 3 sisters and 4 brothers.

Final arrangements are pending.

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