James Coffey

James Coffey

Saturday, October 3rd, 1936 Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

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Obituary for James David Coffey

Derby - Coffey, James David
83, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020. He was born October 3, 1936 to Alva James and Itha Coffey in Canton, Oklahoma. He was a prominent business man. He owned many properties around Derby and Mulvane; ie. rental properties, a laundromat, and office space, including Tiya's Place, named after his loving wife of 53 years. Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1956 as a paratrooper. He worked his way up to a commissioned officer, retiring the rank as a Major in 1975. He followed this with a 35 year career with American Family Insurance Company. Jim was dedicated to serving his community. He served on many boards, including the Derby Museum, Rotary, the Derby Foundation, and was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. Jim also knew the importance in supporting the military and their family members. In 2012, Jim donated and dedicated the bronze statue located in Garrett Park, to the wives of veterans. He enjoyed playing racket ball, and was always up for a competitive game with his sons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara (Gonzalez) Coffey; son, David Coffey; grandson, Steven Coffey; great-granddaughters, Katie and Marissa; parents; and brothers, Winston, Paul, Bob, and Carl. James is survived by his sons, James A. (Cindy) Coffey, Mark Coffey, Mike (Carla) Coffey; grandchildren, Cassidy (Brian) White, Eric (Lisa) Hulin, Crystal Hulin, Chelsea (Morgan) Leclair, Taggart Coffey, Logan Coffey, Jessica (Jordan) Wojenski, Whitney (Jack) Diffenbaugh, Hannah Coffey, Sadie Coffey, Luke Coffey, Isaac Coffey, and Heather Sullivan; great-grandchildren, Lincoln White, Jackson White, Oliver Hulin, Ella Hulin, Kennedy Diffenbaugh, Olivia Diffenbaugh, Jerek Wojenski, Genevieve Wojenski, Sam Sullivan, Tyler Dunn, Finn Lee Shaw, Shea and Tristan Coffey; brothers, Richard and Roger Coffey; sister, Joyce Gray. Visitation: Monday, April 13, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby 1415 North Rock Road Derby, Kansas 67037. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church 2300 E. Meadowlark Derby, KS 67037. Interment to follow at El Paso Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors,

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Monday, April 13th, 2020
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    St. Mary Catholic Church
    2300 E. Meadowlark
    Derby, KS
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    Father Joe Eckberg

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Gabby Diffenbaugh sent flowers to the family of James David Coffey.
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Glen Sherwood

Jim you were a great mentor and friend of 34 yrs. You help me turn into the man I am today. Your & Tyia's picture will stay in my office that you sat in for many years until I leave that office, then it will be placed in my home. I will miss our phone calls and the trips to Bram's for ice cream. The only peace I have is knowing your with Tyia again. Rest well my friend!
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Darla Golden

Uncle Jim. I am so grateful I was able to see you at the Coffey reunion. As a child, I told everyone about your service to our nation. I received letters from Aunt Sara telling me about the countries you were stationed at. I shared those letters with my classmates on "sharing" day. I remain proud and humbled to be your niece. Memories of visits, laughter and tears clog my mind.
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Gabby Diffenbaugh

I hope you guys plant this in your garden and think of him every time you see it. Love you guys and praying for all of you!
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Agnes D Coffey

Jim was not only a renowned man in his community but was also loved by his family and was always there for those in need. He will be greatly missed here on earth but he'll be met on the other side by all those loved ones who preceded him in death who will welcome him home. Rest in Peace until we meet again.
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Richard Coffey, Roger Coffey, Joyce (Coffey) Gray

This tree will stand forever to honor his gift to the nation, his community and the love of his brothers and sister. He has left a family of love.
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Richard Coffey, Roger Coffey, Joyce (Coffey) Gray planted a memorial tree for James Coffey
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