Gayle A. McCoy passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2013. He was proud of his service in WWII. He retired from the Army as a command Sergeant Major. After his service he was living in Lexington KY. This is where he met and married Sara Bryant in 1947. They moved onto Woodbury School of Art in Los Angeles, CA. Finishing his major in Art, minor in advertising at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. Gayle ended up as an audiovisual director at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL. While there he also was in the Toastmaster Speakers Club he served as President, Area Governor and won toastmaster of the year in 1974, he was a speaker with the Arsenals Speakers Bureau. He was Chairman of the board for the Rock Island Historical Society. He was chairman of the Board for his church, he retired from civil service after 23 years. Gayle worked eleven years with Deaf missions, a mission to take Christ to deaf people anywhere in the World where American sign language is used. He was one of three men who were instrumental in getting the translation project for deaf people started. He moved to AZ in 1992. He kept busy with volunteer work, being a member of the Elks. Hobbies included self publishing 3 books. He gave lectures on his WWII Army experience at local high schools and also in Laughlin, NV. He was a civil war buff and did pen and ink sketches related to that. He travelled extensively including trips to Israel, Eqypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Holland, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. He was a kind and generous man who had a long, happy life. Sara preceeded him to heaven in 1992. He is survived by a son David McCoy, a daughter, Mary Petersen. A grandson Ian McCoy and a granddaughter Steffany Petersen. In lieu of gifts, flowers please make a donation to you local veterans association.
Friends are invited to the service at the National Cemetery 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phx. AZ.
service will be held at the shelter and will start promptly at 2 P.M. Tuesday May 14th 2013