Raymond I. Coyer, 69, Santa Claus

Raymond Ira Coyer, 69, Santa Claus, formerly of Aurora, Ill., died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

He was born in Gowanda, N.Y., Feb. 21, 1944, to Ira and Marie (Bowen) Coyer. He married Louise A. Smith on June 20, 2009, in Peace Episcopal Church in Rockport.

Surviving are his wife, Louise A. Coyer; a son, Timothy Coyer and wife Jennifer of Aurora; a brother, Martin Coyer and wife Lorelei of Aston, Tenn., and a sister, Lois Smith and husband Jim of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; two daughters, Debra Coyer of Marseilles, Ill., and Jennifer Wilson of Aurora; four stepdaughters, Lisa Sallee of Inglewood, Fla., Laura Yoder and husband Gary of Evansville, LeAnn Stern and husband Robert of Inglewood and Ami Sallee of Tampa, Fla.; his mother, Marie Coyer of Great Valley, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.

Mr. Coyer was a retired electrical engineer for Richardson Electrical in La Fox, Ill. He was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for 35 years for the Moecherville (Ill.) Fire Department, where he attained the rank of captain. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was owner and operator of Walnut Hill Farm American Eskimo Dog Rescue in Santa Claus.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Becher Funeral Home, Ferdinand. Father Donald Overton will officiate.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A firefighters memorial service will be held at a later date in Moecherville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Walnut Hill Farm American Eskimo Dog Rescue, 9013 E. Candy Castle Road, Santa Claus IN 47579.

Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.




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