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John Louis "Jack" Coffey

Coffey, John "Jack" Louis, Honorable Entered Eternal Life on November 10, 2012, at the age of 90 (or, as he would say, in his 91st year). Beloved husband for 62 years of the late Marion Coffey (nee Kunzelmann). Loving father of Peter (Kristine) Coffey and Lisa (Stephen) Robbins. Proud grandfather of Kathleen "Katie" (Jeff) Ruidl, Peter (Alex), Andrew and Marion "Marnie" Robbins; Megan, Sara and Will Coffey. Great-grandfather of Jack and Charlie Ruidl. He will be further remembered by his sisters Margaret Coffey and Virginia O'Meara, nieces, nephews and other relatives and loyal friends. Jack and his nine siblings earned degrees from Marquette University. He served for the U.S. Navy during World War II and then matriculated to Marquette University Law School, which led to his lifelong career in the legal profession. Jack's 58 years on the bench began with elected judicial positions on the Milwaukee Municipal Court, Circuit Court and Wisconsin Supreme Court. In 1982 Jack was nominated by President Reagan to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where he would serve until his retirement this past January. Jack was loving, devoted and inspiring, always putting his family and faith first. He found the time and energy to assist others in any way that he could. Jack had an innate sense of justice and fairness that transcended beyond the bench. Many of you worked with Jack over his long career. We would appreciate you sending your favorite story to: jlcoffey1922@gmail.com. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Feerick Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 10:00 AM, at Gesu Church at 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee. Jack's love for country and anything Marquette inspired much charitable giving. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to Marquette University High School, Marquette University, Marquette University Law School or any .
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2012
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