BUDA — Coe E. Mechling, 75, of Buda died Friday, March 15, 2019, in Toulon.
He was born Feb. 5, 1944, to Alcina (Corl) and Ray Mechling in Princeton. He married Gayle Denman on Sept. 18, 1971. She survives in Sheffield.
Coe was raised on a farm south of Buda, where he loved to play cowboys and hug his little kittens. He attended Buda Grade School and graduated from Buda High School with the Class of 1961. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1966 with a degree in business and accounting. He then went in the Army and was sent to Vietnam; he was there a year. Coe came home and attended the University of Tulane. He worked in the oil fields but wanted to come back to Buda, where he stayed until 1994. He retired from Hudson Industry in Hudson, Ind., in 2017. All he wanted to do was come back home. In December of 2018, Coe and Gayle came home.
Coe loved collecting trains and comic books, and traveling.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his cousins, Dennis and Cindy Mechling, Frank Nichel and Ralph Anglin, and several special cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his grandmother, Annie; and several aunts and uncles.
A military service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in Hopeland Cemetery in Buda.
The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.