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Marlin Coles

Marlin Coles, age 68, of Marquette, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Bryan/LGH East Medical Center in Lincoln.

Marlin’s wishes were to be cremated. A gathering of family & friends will take place at a later date at Marlin’s favorite place to fish on the Yellowstone River in Montana. His ashes will be spread there, where he enjoyed life and the outdoors. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Marlin Dean Coles, the son of Don F. and Ruth B. (O’Brien) Coles, was born in Miles City, Montana on May 26, 1949 and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 6, 2018, at the age of 68.

As a young boy one could find Marlin playing on the banks and fishing in the Yellowstone River – later in his youth Marlin moved with his family to Billings, Montana.

Marlin served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. After returning from the Service he learned the trade of tree trimming – a skill he brought with him to Nebraska 17 years ago. Marlin became known as the “Tree Man from Marquette.”

Last year his failing health caused him to hang up the chainsaws and he moved on with a new name of Grandpa to a host of children in Marquette.

Marlin’s other past time was visiting friends and family from Montana to Tennessee.

Left to mourn Marlin’s passing are his wife, Vivian Coles of Superior; son, Aaron Coles of Billings, Montana; 3 sisters, Teresa Cox of Billings, Montana, Cathy Jolliff of Lewiston, Montana and Debbie McCord of Clarksville, Tennessee; 3 brothers, Phillip Coles and Ron Coles of Lindsay, Oklahoma and Floyd Burket of Red Lodge, Montana and a host of cousins, nieces & nephews, along with a village of friends in Nebraska and Montana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Rodney Coles and David Coles and a brother, Clayton Coles.

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