Edward William Coobs, 81, of Elkader, died unexpectedly on Dec. 17, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Ed was born in Elkader, Iowa, in 1936. He graduated from Central Community High School in 1955. He married Doris Rodenberg on Jan. 13, 1957. Four children were born into their union, Earl (Liwen) Coobs (Billings, Mont.), Donna (Charles) Strange (North Liberty), Eric (Lori) Coobs (Billings, Mont.), and Evan (Karen) Coobs (Champaign, Ill). Ed and Doris divorced after 13 years.
Ed married Sandra Lamphier on Oct. 20, 1973, later bringing one child into their union, Cory (Tricia) Coobs (North Liberty).
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys (Glawe) Coobs; brother, Donald; sister-in-law, Becky; brother-in-law, Verdean Thompson; and stepson, Sean Lamphier.
He is survived by his wife, Sandi; his five children; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley (Don) Marmann (Farmersburg) and Dorothy Thompson (Muscatine); and his cat, Tiger, who spent every moment allowed with him, especially the past two years.
All visitation and memorial services will be held at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. On Friday, Jan. 19, the family will be present for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m., with open Masonic services held at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the family will be present for visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with memorial services held at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to those organizations that were important to Ed: Shriners Hospital for Children, Peace United Church of Christ (Elkader), or Central Community Hospital/Central Ambulance Service (Elkader).
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