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Aug. 16, 1923 – April 8, 2013

John E. Coyle, of Cheektowaga, who maintained a chiropractic practice for more than 50 years before retiring nearly a decade ago, died Monday in his home. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he served as a B-24 nose gunner in the Army Air Forces while stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the war, Mr. Coyle enrolled at Lincoln Chiropractic College in Chicago, from which he graduated in 1949. He worked at the Westinghouse plant in Cheektowaga while establishing his chiropratic practice in Buffalo. In 1957, he moved his practice to Cheektowaga. He retired in 2003 on his 80th birthday.

His first wife of 45 years, Patricia Behen Coyle, died in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, the former Dorothy Sherin-Behen; three daughters, Mary Fowler, Patricia and Barbara; and a son, Charles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Help of Christians Catholic Church, Union Road and Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.