Charles "Charlie" Monroe Coffman, 89
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PINE VILLAGE — Charles "Charlie" Monroe Coffman, age 89 of Pine Village, IN died at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Center.
Charlie was born near Lafayette, IN on June 22, 1924. He was the son of Monroe W. and Genevieve (Sanders) Coffman. He was raised in Attica and moved to Pine Village in 1954. He graduated from Attica High School in 1946 and went on to receive his BS and MS from Purdue University in Agriculture Education, Science and School Administration. On July 3, 1947 he married Barbara Ellen Cox. She survives.
Charlie served in the Army in the Glider Infantry in France during World War II. He was wounded in France and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Pine Village Christian church where he served as an elder for over 40 years and was the pianist and organist for nearly 55 years. He taught the Veterans' Agriculture class at Attica High School for 2 1/2 years, taught Vocational Agriculture and Science at Pine Village High School for 23 years and served as Supervising Principal for 2/12 years. He taught at MSD of Warren County for 13 years as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher and Cooperative Education Coordinator.
Charlie was a past member of the following: Indiana State Teacher's Association, National Education Association, Indiana Vocational Agriculture Teacher's Association, Indiana Vocational Association, Indiana Vocational Cooperative Association, and Warren County Classroom Teachers Association. He was a present member of The Indiana Retired Teacher's Association, the Fountain Warren Retired Teachers, and AARP. He was a 4-H leader for 20 years and served as Future Farmers of America Advisor for 23 years. He served as a teacher trainer for Purdue Education Department for 9 years, and Founder of the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education Program at Seeger High School. Charlie enjoyed music and camping. He camped for over 40 years and was a past member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and a charter member of the Coffee Cup Campers.
Surviving with his wife, Barbara, are
1 daughter, Jill Ann Comer (husband: John) of Pine Village, IN
1 son, Randal David Coffman (wife: Lisa) of Pine Village, IN
1 sister, Maxine Perry of Williamsport, IN
3 grandchildren, Cammi Comer, Stacey Sims (husband: Matt) and Kayla Brier (husband: Collin)
2 great-grandchildren, Cooper Sims and Molly Brier
Charlie was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Charbra Diane Coffman, and 1 sister, Laverne Bolin.
Visitation will be at Pine Village Christian Church on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Services will be there on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Paul Stamm officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Attica, IN with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pine Village Christian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gradyfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Journal & Courier on July 17, 2013