Deckard (Dee) Ernest Coates, 72, of Somerset, KY passed away September 11th, 2015 at his home.

Born in Danville, Virginia on March 10th, 1943 he was the son of the late Deckard Ernest Coates, Jr. and Elizabeth Jasper Coates. He was the grandson of the late Thomas (T.E.) Elliott and Anna Bash Jasper.

Deckard is preceded in death by his wife, Linda Sue Tarter Coates.

He is survived by two daughters, Dyanne E. Coates of Covington, KY and Donna Coates Saylor (and Tim) of Waynesburg, KY; two grandchildren, Bethany G. Withers of Covington, KY and Barry G. Withers, Jr. of Somerset, KY; and one great grandson, Haydn C. Walters of Covington, KY. He leaves behind a host of friends and Masonic brothers as well as those who helped to care for him during his illness: Bonnie A. Sizemore, Barry G. Withers, Sr., Don and Susan Elmore, and Melissa Winstead.

Close to Deckard’s heart was his Masonic fraternity. He began his Masonic journey at Mt. Gilead and continued as he joined the Somerset and Sievers Lodges #491. He served as Grandmaster of the Sievers Lodge in 2014. He was active on local and state levels in York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies. Dee was proud to be a Mason, continuing a family tradition. The absence of his presence is felt by many and his intelligence, humor, and generosity will be well remembered.

Visitation will be held at Southern Oaks at 5:00 p.m. on September 16th, 2015 with a Masonic service to follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be made to the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center of Somerset, KY.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.