HomeWaterfordOrtonvilleClarkstonSign Up for Obituary Notifications
About UsSignature ServicesPre-PlanningObituariesMemorabiliaConcierge Services
About Us

Coats Funeral Home, was founded by Robert H. Coats in 1925 on Park side Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It has been a trusted community resource and one of the oldest in the area. Today, the fourth generation of Coats and their staff offer warm, compassionate and personalized funeral services in Waterford, Ortonville, and Clarkston.


Humble Beginnings
A Detroit house on Parkside Avenue near Fenkell represented the first Coats Funeral Home. In 1933 , Robert’s son Leonard joined the family business. In 1950, Leonard moved north to a small, rural community in Waterford/Drayton Plains where many Detroiters vacationed on nearby Lakes. Leonard's son Robert M. (Bob) joined the family profession in 1958.


The Coats Funeral Home building has been enlarged three times over the years. The second floor was the residence for 2 generations of Coats until Robert H.'s death in 1971, his wife Lena in 1990, along with son Leonard in 1980 and his wife Mabel in 2004. Following Mabel's death the funeral home was remodeled for its' third time.


Coats Equals Strong Values
When Leonard’s son Bob married wife Lois, they strongly believed in taking care of family, friends and neighbors. As the third generation of Coats, Bob instilled these philosophies within his children and staff. Upon retiring in 2000, Bob passed the baton to daughter Heather M. Coats, who received her mortuary license in 1989 and continues, along with her sister Heidi, mother Lois, and father Bob, to provide the quality service that families have come to expect from Coats Funeral Home.

Thus, the Coats values come through within the people and processes at Coats Funeral Home. Staff members are carefully selected to possess the values of family, caring for others, and community. Processes are designed to serve you and your family in honoring your loved one.


Robert H. Coats
Leonard Coats
(Opened Waterford
Robert M. Coats Heather Coats
Heidi Coats Frobel


Expanding To Help More People And Communities
Through the past five years, Coats Funeral Home opened two additional locations in Ortonville in 2008, and a third location in Clarkston in 2010. As a trusted resource in the Michigan community, we look forward to serving you.


We invite you to contact us at Coats Funeral Home.


Celebration of Life

This website designed and maintained by IGD Solutions Corporation