Vernon Mahoney Coffey passed away in his Goreville home on June 23rd, 2019 with family by his side. Vernon was born August 20th, 1939 to Clara Texas Page-Coffey and Patrick Mahoney Coffey in Caster, Louisiana.
Vernon grew up in Louisiana, primarily in the Pineville area. As a young man Vernon joined the U.S. Army. In 1965 he met his future wife, Arlene while he was serving in the military and stationed in Hawaii. Vernon had two children from a previous marriage, April and Vernon Jr. Arlene had two children from her previous marriage, Robert and Richard. On July 23rd 1966 Vernon and Arlene married. They welcomed a new son, Timothy Patrick Coffey, on December 10, 1967.
Vernon was a gentle family man and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. After raising his own children, Vernon and Arlene became foster parents and raised many more. Some of the foster children were adopted as their own. Vernon spent most of his life caring for others. Many lives were changed due to Vernon’s concern for others. Vernon retired from the Illinois State Police as a Truck Weight Inspector. Vernon and Arlene enjoyed traveling in their motorhome to see the country and visit extended family. Vernon was a “jack of all trades” and was very competent in doing things himself. He enjoyed working with his hands and solving problems.
Tim Coffey, son and wife Libby
Rick Coffey, son and wife Shanda
Wendi Ritter, daughter and husband Jeremy
Tonya Hoercher, daughter and husband Jeff
Vernon Coffey Jr., Son
April Dawn Gray, daughter and husband Alan Wakefield
Melissa Neill, daughter
Dennis James Coffey, grandson and Marley Yates
Ashley Coffey, granddaughter and Scott Horn
Timothy Coffey II, grandson
Lori Lynn Hutson, granddaughter and husband Paul
Kelley Jo Ritter, granddaughter
Jessica Mae Ritter, granddaughter
Emily Hoercher, granddaughter
Tabitha Hoercher, granddaughter
Leslie Hickman, granddaughter and husband Anthony
Chelsea Johnson, granddaughter and husband Nicolas
Dylan Godair, grandson
Dakota Coffey, grandson
Tori Tucker, granddaughter
Lana Tucker, granddaughter
Samantha Tucker, granddaughter
Kaylynn Campbell, granddaughter
Leelean Campbell, grandson
Ali Hutson, great granddaughter
Paul Hutson, great grandson
Braxton Coffey, great grandson
Caysen Horn, great grandson
Wesson Coffey, great grandson
McCormick Vian Yates, great grandson
Colt Ray Coffey, great grandson
Cayden Hickman, great grandson
Jenny Hickman, great granddaughter
Adelyn Hickman, great granddaughter
Jayden Johnson, great grandson
He was preceded in death by: Arlene Marie Coffey, wife; Joshua Ritter, grandson; Robert A. Coffey, son ;Patrick Mahoney Coffey, father; Clara Texas Page-Coffey, mother; N’Ella O’Neal Greer, sister and Marjorie Maurice Coffey-Roshto.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6pm at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Rev. Ron Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation and will be accepted at the funeral home.