Winston W. "Perk" Coffey
1921 ~ 2013
Winston W. "Perk" Coffey, 92, of Nampa, and formerly of Caldwell, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Nampa.
Services will be held on Friday September 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel and burial to follow at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell.
Viewing will be held at Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel located at 415 12th Ave S. in Nampa, on Thursday September 5, 2013 between 6 pm & 8 pm.
Perk was born on July 31, 1921 to Alta and Claud Coffey in Notus, Idaho. He was raised and attended schools through his junior year in Notus. It was during his junior year that the basketball coach from Nampa High School asked him to come play for Nampa, which he did his senior year, graduating from Nampa High in 1939.
Perk married Elsie Mendenhall June 4, 1941. They moved to California for a brief time where he worked at an aircraft plant where he supervised a crew of Rosie the Riveters. They came back to Idaho when he was going into the Navy and they were going to have their first child. They moved to the Seattle -Kirkland area while he was in the Navy and then returned to Caldwell after he was discharged.
After the service he worked for Sears, and was manager of Service Parts store in Caldwell for many years. He became a real estate broker of his own company after he left Service Parts. He and Elsie purchased land in 1962 which included a fish pond in Caldwell and built it up to become Coffey Grounds Trailer Park and Campground, which they owned and operated till 1970. Elsie then joined Perk in selling Real Estate until his retirement in 1983.
At their retirement they moved to New Meadows, Idaho. In 1990 they became Snowbirds and traveled between New Meadows and Mesa, Arizona. In 1999 they moved to Gold Crest Estates in Nampa, and resided there until April of 2009 when Elsie passed away. Perk then resided at Park Place Assisted Living in Nampa.
They enjoyed square dancing, camping, rodeos, parades, and Bingo. Perk loved bowling on his best friend Dutch Mills team, and he was a major sports fanatic.
The family wishes to thank those at Park Place Assisted Living who cared for our dad and adopted him as one of their own. Many, many, Thanks!
He is survived by his daughters; Karen & (Marv) Heikkila of Nampa; his daughter Suzanne Coffey & Fiancé Tony Schlapia of Nampa, his three grandsons Doug & (Lisa) Heikkila of Meridian; Brent & (Ruthie) Heikkila of Boise, and Steve & (Dianna) Heikkila of Roseville, California. Great grandchildren: Andrew, Connor, Kailee, Cydney, Jacob, Samantha & Nicholas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, his sister, Eunice Kruger; a grandson Barry Heikkila, and great grandchildren Whitney and Wayne Heikkila.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2013
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