Retired Army Lt. Col. Anthony H. Coakley, 68, an area resident since the mid-1950s who was a veteran of World War II, died Saturday in Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.

Col. Coakley was a native of Trenton, N.J. He worked for the old Post Office Department and was in the New Jersey National Guard when called to active duty in 1940.

During World War II, he served with Gen. George S. Patton's U.S. Third Army. Col. Coakley was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and The French Croix de Guerre.

Following the war, he served in Korea and spent several tours with the Adjutant General's office in the Pentagon before retiring from active duty in 1963.

He then worked as a management consultant in the comptroller's branch of the Adjutant General's office as a civilian until retiring a second time 10 years later.

Col. Coakley was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Alexandria and the Nocturnal Adoration Society, a church group.

He was a member of the Alexandria Grandstand Managers, the Pentagon Athletic Association, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Eva, of the home in Alexandria; a daughter, Patricia, and a son, William, both of Alexandria; another son, Daniel, of Williamsburg; a sister, Emily Colgan, of Groveville, N.J., and six grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Heart Fund.