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Community remembers Ralph Coaster


(10/22/13) - He was a beloved educator in Genesee County for more than three decades. Ralph Coaster's friends and family are sadden by his passing.

The superintendent of Lake Fenton Community Schools says Coaster's wife found him dead in his front yard, where he was mowing the lawn.

64-year-old Ralph Coaster was an educator in Genesee County schools for nearly 35 years.

Those who knew him say he was instrumental in the community.

"We were stunned, absolutely shocked," said Julie Williams, the assistant superintendent of Lake Fenton Community Schools.

For nearly four decades, Ralph Coaster had been an influential educator in Lake Fenton, Kearsley and Davison school districts.

He wore many hats such as principal, athletic director and teacher. He was the superintendent of Lake Fenton Community Schools before retiring.

"He was fun, energetic, just people liked to talk to Ralph," Williams said.

Williams says Coaster hired her in the central office when he became the superintendent. She says he treated his staff like they were his family.

"Ralph took the approach with his team almost like a father to all of us and he worried about you not only as an individual and your family, just wanted to make you a better person all," she said.

Wayne Wright is the superintendent. He says when Coaster saw something that he wanted for his students, he went after it. The educator played a major role in passing a $30 million bond in 2004 to build a new high school in Lake Fenton.

"That has just been a phenomenal piece for this district, it's just made the system jump in leaps and bounds. This is exactly what this district needed," he said.

Co-workers say he believed in his staff the same way he believed in his students.

"Thank you for believing in me," Williams said.

Visitation is set for Thursday from noon until 8 p.m. at Hill Funeral Home in Grand Blanc.

The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Grand Blanc Friday.

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