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The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Awards has announced that Edwin E. Coil has been selected as its recipient of the 2011 Stephen Decatur Award.
He will receive the award at the Chamber's annual dinner meeting on February 2 at the Knights of Columbus pavilion.
During and following his 52 years with the Zollner Corporation, Coil devoted himself to the service of the community in numerous and varied ways, Chamber officials said in making the announcement.
Coil was born on October 28, 1931, in Willshire, Ohio. At a young age he moved to a farm near Lima, Ohio, and graduated from Spencerville, Ohio, High School. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and served with the 5th Regimental Combat Team in Korea for 10 months.
In 1956, Coil graduated from International College and then was employed by Zollner Corporation for 34 years, serving 10 years as General Manager of the Detroit Pistons basketball team. After being retired from Zollner for one year, he was asked to return as a pension consultant and remained for 17 more years.
He also became Adams County Treasurer for one and a half years after the death of Cynthia Mitchel.
In November of 1996, when Mike Ripley was elected as state representative, Coil was appointed to complete Ripley’s term of two years as commissioner. This year he has completed 15 years as Adams County Commissioner.
He has served the board of Adams/Wells Crisis Shelter and currently serves on several boards, including the Adams Wells Crisis Shelter, Adams County Economic Corporation, Maumee River Basin Corporation, the Adams County Solid Waste District, and as commissioners' representative on the Adams Memorial Hospital Board as a non-voting member.
He is married to the former Ruth Ehrsam of Pleasant Mills and they have three adult children, Rick Coil and Eric Coil and Denise Alberding, along with four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.