Although Duane Keith Coker, aka, "the Tennis Shoe Cowboy," had a less than average life span, born on February 4, 1952 in the wild deserts of Odessa, Texas; he did live a less than average life. On February 8, 2018, he lost his battle with previously undiagnosed leukemia. He was born to and preceded in death to a professional Nanny, Ruth Irene Dees and to Preacher Man Rev. James Edward Coker.
Even though Duane’s early childhood was spent in the Arlington area, his family moved to Seguin as fast as they could. While growing up in Seguin, he met the love of his life, Sharon Faye Kates, aka, "Little Bit." After a bit of chasing her around, they married on July 25, 1970. They raised 2 children together. He raced, through flood waters, in his Martin potato chip truck, during the 1972 Flood, when Suzanne Rana’ Coker, Schwarzlose aka, "SuSu,", made her grand entrance into this world. Then 9 months after a camping trip on Lake Travis…. Duane found himself speeding down a gravel road, with the UT Fight Song playing in the background, on the way to the hospital in Austin…and out came his bouncing baby boy, James Travis Coker. He taught both of his children to love camping, to be tough, to be survivors and to enjoy life with friends and family.
When Suzanne finally got around to giving him grandchildren, after she married, Dwayne Allen Schwarzlose, aka, "Dwayne - with hair," all four children came out like fireworks… Bang! Bang! & Double Bang! Duane loved being “PePaw”! He loved teaching his grandsons, Keith Allen Schwarzlose and Konnor James Schwarzlose, the fine art of BBQ, sharpening knives, and playing cards. Some of his fondest memories are from taking his grandsons to “Cook offs” and spending time together. Then two little granddaughters were born, and they melted his heart. He prayed hard whenever his, "7-11 Big Gulps," were born early, Maddison Rana’ Schwarzlose and Mallori Kay Schwarzlose, aka, "his true M&M's." These two girls also gave him double vision and a blast from the past all at once because not only do they look just alike, they also look just like their mama did when she was a girl.
Duane has been reunited with his big brother Jimmy Ray Coker. He will be missed by his nieces, Donna Ray Coker and husband Kevin Jacobson, Brandi Lee Smith and husband Aaron, and nephew Phillip Duane Coper, as well as his 5 great nieces and nephews, 1 great, great grandniece and 1 great, great grandnephew.
Duane Coker was a good man with a bunch of friends who cared about him. His loss will be felt by all and toasted by many. We will all miss seeing that smiling face.
Visitation will be held at Cross Church (814 N Bauer St, Seguin, TX 78155), on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Services will conclude at the church. There will be a reception at the church immediately following services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to help the family with final expenses you may donate at https://www.gofundme.com/duane-coker-funeral-expenses.
My heart goes out to you Sharon,Suzanne, and Travis. Its sohard to loose a loved one.
Janice RudeloffSeguin, TX
Sorry about your dad, Suzanne. He sounds like a fun guy who left you with a bunch of good memories. You are in our prayers.
Ben and Krista MorenoSeguin, TX
So Sorry to here of Duane's passing prayers are with the Family at this difficult time .
Patsy KimballSeguin, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God provide comfort during this difficult time. I know all of your beautiful memories you have will also give you comfort. You guys were like second parents to me growing up and were there so much for me and Jen. So many special moments and memories. Truly blessed to have shared with him. He will be missed. We love you guys .
Lana SiltmannSeguin, TX
Our sympathies and love to the family. Beautiful obit. Will love and miss you Duane.
Billy & Janet GrafSan Antonio, TX
I send my love and sympathy.
Gertrude SmithSeguin, TX
So very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to all of the family.
Don & Annell CauseySeguin, TX
Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for your family, I know he will watch over y'all.
Dana DrennanSeguin, TX
Duane is in Heaven with someother amazing Angels! He got his Wings! I know he will forever me a guardian to to all! Prayers, Love and Hugs for each of you! With our deepest sympathy!
Donna and Preston Grobe
Donna and Preston GrobeSan Marcos, TX
So sorry for your loss. Duane was a great..kind..loving..caring.man.He always treated me like family when I visited.He will be so missed.Duane will always remain in our hearts and memories.I love y'all
Sharon Sue Price/PottsArlington, TX
I can truly say that you was one of a kind. You loved your family and friends. I knew how to have a great time. I loved the time I got to spend with you and the family when you guys lived in McQueeney and as well in Seguin. You will be missed tremendously. R.I.P Duane.
Stephanie LetbetterMcQueeney, TX
Mary LevensailorSeguin, TX
So sorry for your loss. Dwayne was a great guy and hard worker. I still remember all theget togethers at Bill’s house in our unger days eating playing cards and dominoes. He will be missed. My prayers are with you all. RIP Dwayne
Richard (Ricky) MerzSeguin, TX
Hoping Love & hugs surround you and give comfort at this time of loss.
Beverly HartwickSeguin, TX