ASHMORE, IL – Bert A. Coffey, age 85, of Ashmore, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Ashmore Baptist Church, 104 West Walnut Street in Ashmore. The funeral service honoring and celebrating his life will begin at Noon on Saturday with Pastor David Colvin officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery located east of Kansas, Illinois. Memorials in his honor may be made to Ashmore Baptist Church and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Bert Allen Coffey was born August 31, 1935 in Ashmore, Illinois, the son of Arthur W. and Hazel Marie (Waters) Coffey. He married the love of his life, Linda Lauher on June 1, 1958 in Kansas, Illinois and they shared an enduring love and friendship that lasted nearly 53 years prior to her death on January 31, 2011. He is survived by three devoted sons, Greg (Kim) Coffey of Hutton, Illinois, Jeff (Sarah) Coffey of Charleston and Brad (Brenda) Coffey of Ashmore; 9 grandchildren whom he adored, Tori (Kelly) Coartney, Jeannie (Mark) Schabbing, Colt Coffey, Erika Rose (Clint) Tucker, Justin Coffey, Brandi (Zak) Buchanan, Carley Coffey, Dylan Coffey and Skylar Coffey; 6 great-grandchildren, Nick Coartney, Matt Coartney, Kylah Coffey, Myles Schabbing, Henry Schabbing and Russ Schabbing; two brothers, Bill (Madonna) Coffey of Ashmore and Max (Kim) Coffey of Charleston; a sister-in-law, Donna Coffey of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews; and his precious dog and companion, Nina. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Ken (Wanda) Coffey, Donald Coffey and James (Joanie) Coffey and two sisters, Margaret (Don) Biggs and Ann (Ed) McClure.
Bert was a graduate of Kansas High School and served his country with the United States Army from 1955 – 1957. Bert was sociable and could talk with anyone so his career choices suited him well. He was employed with Coffey Brothers Farm Supply in Ashmore, which was a family owned business and was later employed as a salesman with Mooney Motors in Charleston, a position he enjoyed for 15 years.
Bert was a member of the American Legion Post #609 in Westfield, Illinois. His life was a reflection of his deep and abiding faith as he radiated genuine kindness and his generosity was boundless. He was a long-time member at Ashmore Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and in various other capacities. He was also elected to represent his fellow Ashmore residents as a member of the Ashmore Township Board.
What a wonderful role model Bert was for his family. He was a man of integrity whose honesty and faithfulness was unquestionable. He was selfless along with many other admirable qualities which created a wonderful husband, father and grandfather – truly a man who put his family first. Bert also enjoyed many strong and lasting friendships and will forever be remembered as a true and loyal friend. His grandchildren will carry with them always the memories of vacations at McCormick State Park in Indiana with him and Linda, and Bert’s entire family will forever cherish their countless memorable times shared with this special man whom they dearly loved and will greatly miss.
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