Willis Dean Coffman, 84, of Bethalto, passed away at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at his residence.
He was born on Jan. 14, 1931, in Dixon, Mo., the son of the late Robert and Olive Coffman. He married the former Barbara Cheely on July 22, 1951, in Wood River, and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Paula Cook of Bethalto; one son, Richard Coffman of Tucson, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Deanna McMahan and Jason Cook; four great-grandchildren, Taylar McMahan, Chas McMahan, Isaac Cook and Makayla Cook; one sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Gene Rhodes of East Alton; and one brother and sister-in-law, Richard Dale and Kathy Coffman of Alton.
Willis was formerly employed as a pipefitter at Shell for 37 years. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Holiday Shores Fire Department for 27 years. He was also served as a firefighter at Shell for 13 years. Willis was a 55-year member of the Pipefitters Local 553. He and his wife lived in Holiday Shores for 30 years prior to moving to Bethalto in 2006. He was a 59-year member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River. Willis loved warm weather and tending to his flowers. He was a retired warrant officer in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Derrick Coffman; and two brothers, Robert Coffman and Gary Coffman.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River. Pastor Martin Schultz will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery in East Alton with full military honors by the Ritual Team of Collinsville VFW Post No. 5691.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.