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Coyle - Robert F

Source: Crawfordsville Journal 8 Jan 1917 p 5

Rev. Robert F. Coyle, graduate of Wabash College with the class of 1887 and son of the late James and Anne Coyle formerly of this city died at his home near Fullerton, Cal Saturday afternoon his death coming suddenly from the effects of heart trouble.  His sister, Miss Elizabeth Coyle of this city received a message Saturday evening informing her of the death but giving few of the particulars. Only a few days previous letters received from California by Miss Coyle indicated that her brother was in his usual health.  Following his graduation from Wabash, Mr. Coyle had as his first pastorate charge a Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  From there he went to Chicago as the pastor of a large Presbyterian Church. Later he went to Oakland, California where he preached for 11 years and at his next charge in Denver, Colo he remained 14 years.  From there he went to Los Angeles where he was pastor of the West Lake Presbyterian Church.  He has a ranch at Fullerton, 36 miles from Los Angeles where he made his home much of the time.  Since 1903 Mr. Coyle has been moderator of the General Presbyterian Assembly in the LA District.  He had attained the Phi Beta Kappa degree.  Mr. Coyle was born in Ontario, Canada July 27, 1850.  After his graduation from Wabash he was married to Miss Sophia Brandkamp of this city. After her death Mr. Coyle was again married.  He was in Wabash for five years and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.  He was the Baldwin prize essayist in his senior year.  He is survived by his widow, three daughters and two sons.  Four brother and four sisters also survive him.  They are Campbell Coyle of Los Angeles; James of Toronto, Canada; John of Louisiana; Henry of Joplin, Mo; Mrs. Keskeys of Joplin; Mrs. Brimacombe of Houghton, Michigan; Mrs. Thomas G. Smith of Spring Lake, Mich and Miss Coyle of this city.  Mr. Coyle’s last visit to Crawfordsville was 12 years ago. The funeral service and burial will probably be at Fullerton.

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