Obituaries: Routon, Coates

Frances “Dee” Routon

Frances “Dee” Routon was born September 18, 1935 and died April 4, 2019.

She grew up in Welch, WV as a Coal Miner’s daughter with 8 brothers and sisters. She moved to Blythe, CA in the 50’s returning to WV in the 70’s where she met the love of her life, Don Routon. Together, they moved to Wyoming where they enjoyed bowling, bingo, quilting, gardening, snowmobiling, skiing and building their cabin together on Casper Mountain. She loved spending time with her family, particularly her many grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Don Routon; sister Eloise Webb, daughters Debbie Lucero, Janet Echard, Robin Mitchell, Patti Routon and sons Ross Plumb, Ed Routon; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 7 brothers & sisters and her parents.

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Ross Coates was born on April 25, 1954 and taken too soon from us on April 4, 2019. What can we say except he was an amazing man who touched many lives. His laughter was contagious and his sense of humor was unique to Rosco; it may have been inappropriate, but it was always witty and you always laughed. He was a big teddy bear who made everyone feel welcome, mainly with a Keystone Light and a piece of elk jerky.

Ross started Coates Construction 44 years ago and since then has built many houses and many friendships along the way. He was not just a contractor, he was a man who loved his craft and loved to create things with his hands. He was also an inventor. Who remembers Bragging Buckles or his newest patented invention, Compressive Barred Brackets.He was a million dollar man with million dollar ideas, but without the million dollars. 

Ross had many loves in his life: fishing, hunting, drinking Keystone Light, mowing the lawn with the riding lawn mower, watching “fake news”, and getting first and last hit.

He is survived by his children Katie Wolf, Anna Knopp, Clayton Coates, Brianna Burget and wife, Debra Coates, and siblings, Kathleen, Bruce, and Lance Coates.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Doug Coates.