Harold Sutton Coyle, Jr. – Colonel,United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:


Harold S. “Bud” Coyle, 67, a retired Air Force Colonel and business management instructor who also worked as an executive with defense contractors, died of cancer March 18, 2003, at a nursing center in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Colonel Coyle, who lived in the Falls Church and McLean area from 1970 to 1988, was a 1957 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He received a master's degree and a doctorate in business administration from Purdue University.

He served 26 years in the Air Force, including three years as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In 1970, he was transferred to the Pentagon, where he later served as Military Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Defense Harold Brown.

Upon his retirement from active military duty in 1983, he became an executive with Ultrasystems Defense and Space Systems in Baltimore. He worked for McDonnell Douglas in Arlington from 1984 to 1988, when he relocated to the company's headquarters in St. Louis. He retired in 1998 as vice president of ethics.

His marriage to Donna Jean Coyle ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Coyle of St. Louis; three children from his first marriage, Kristy Virostek of Columbia and Harold S. “Chip” Coyle III and Bradford R., both of Arlington; three stepchildren, Tiffany Lynch of Selbyville, Del., Kathy Lynch of Joplin, Mo., Georgi Lynch of St. Louis; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.


On Tuesday March 18, 2003, COL. HAROLD S. (BUD) COYLE, JR., USAF (Ret.), of St. Louis, MO was called to eternal rest after a couragous battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ellen, brother Chandler, sons Chip and Brad, daughter Kristy, and step-daughters Tiffany, Kathy, and Georgi. Bud was a loving grandfather to Brad, Abby, Briggs, Timmy, Katie, Beth, Hayley, Alexa, Sutton, Kelsey, Eli, and Zoe. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Friends and family will assemble at 12:30 p.m. at the Administration Building inside the gates. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Logos Middle & High School, 9137 Old Bonhomme Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132.



  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 07/01/1960 – 07/01/1983
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 08/20/1935
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/18/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/08/2003
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 67  SITE 4533-1


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