PandoraGerald O. Coburn, 69, died at 12:01 p.m. on May 2, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic, ClevelandHe was born on March 1, 1942, in Caretta, W.Va., to Arthur and Anvie Laferty Coburn, who preceded him in death. His wife, Laura L. Coburn, survives.Mr. Coburn was a painter, sculptor and poet, using his talents throughout his 32-year career as an educator. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University. Early in his career, while working with the Boy Scouts of America, he established Indian Days, an event that became, and remains, a part of the BSA's national programming. As a teacher, he spent most of his career teaching art at Liberty Center High School and then, from 1972 to 1996, at Elida schools, where he also coached a successful girls gymnastics program.He was an avid outdoorsman, naturalist and environmentalist. He was instrumental in establishing the Quarry Farm, a nonprofit conservation farm and nature preserve located in Riley Township, Putnam County. He was a member of the North American Butterfly Association and studied and photographed butterflies, dragonflies and other insects on the Quarry Farm.Survivors also include a daughter, Anne Liza (Steven) Coburn-Griffis; a granddaughter, Rowan Anvie Coburn-Griffis; two brothers, Bert (Kathleen) Coburn and Dan Coburn; and a sister, Carolin (Larry) Dion.Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Ottawa. The Rev. Mark Hollinger will officiate. Burial will be in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Creek United Methodist Church.Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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