Dennis Lee (Stoagie) McCoy
1949 - 2017
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Dennis Lee (Stoagie) McCoy

Born May 15, 1949 Yakima, Washington; died November 15, 2017 in Newberg, Oregon. After a hard-fought battle with ALS, Dennis Lee McCoy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and close friends.

Dennis grew-up in Yakima until he moved to Seattle at age 14. He graduated from Shorecrest High School, then Shoreline Community College. Dennis joined the Seattle Police Department at age 19 as a cadet and served for over 42 years until retiring in 2011.

He lived his life by the words of his favorite quote: "A man's got to do what a man's got to do." - John Wayne.

Dennis took great joy in helping others, taking care of all of those close to him without hesitation or expectation. Every single day he exemplified selflessness, humor, responsibility, positivity, and strength. He touched the lives of everyone he met and is remembered fondly as one of the most generous and giving people. He loved his family, animals, country music, history, riding motorcycles with his IMPC brothers, barbecuing, card games and karaoke.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Edith McCoy and his brother Bob McCoy.

He is survived by his loving wife Jennifer McCoy; children, Michael McCoy (Maria), Robert McCoy (Jackie), Glenna McCoy, Matthew Hume (Cherie), Daniel McCoy (Robin), and Katherine McCoy; sisters, Jean, Carmen & Deliah; 7 grandchildren; and the countless others he took under his wing to consider family.

Services will be held 1:00pm, December 2nd at the Family Life Church, 502 S St. Paul Hwy, Newberg, Orgeon.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation via this gofundme account would be greatly appreciated: .

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Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 19, 2017.
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November 30, 2017
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Dennis he was a great guy, good father, good police officer he will be missed
Terry Halbakken
November 30, 2017
I only met Dennis a few times but he always was an upbeat and nice person. RIP.
Mathew Rudolph
November 29, 2017
Denny was my Field Training Officer in 1980. He helped mold me to be the police officer I am still today. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed and we remained good friends all these years! He was the best teacher I could have ever hoped for! We have great stories and we talked a few months ago about hoping to go to a Mexican restauant for lunch. The same one I took him to when I finished the training program.....he had a dead fly in his rice and when asking the waitress what it was ...she said a dead fly, picked it out left his plate there and he gave me the "Denny stare"...I was sure he was flunking me out of the training program. One of our best stories about "flied rice". He was a great and caring man who truly influenced me throughout my career. Miss you Denny, Captain Robin Clark..SPD
Robin Clark
November 29, 2017
Very sorry to hear of Uncle Dennis passing. I have very fond memories of Uncle Dennis from my childhood & I will never forget the laughter he brought to me & my brother Rod. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Lori Kellum (Ventura)
November 25, 2017
Hey Sarge......I was very lucky to have you as my Sgt and always enjoyed working for you. I will always remember your awesome attitude towards the job. You are in my prayers and I know that you are in a peaceful, better place. gmc
November 25, 2017
A strong, dedicated and most professional officer. It was an honor to work with you, and a pleasure to know you.
Bill Abbey
November 24, 2017
A skinny little cadet, but a good friend on the dept. for many years. Rest in peace...................G
November 24, 2017
Ron Schimke
November 23, 2017
He lived a good life and fought a good fight. We never worked together, but I remember our academy days as clearly as they were yesterday. A good man then became even better. I know his family has a treasure trove of good memories to help them through the difficult days of grieving to come. Rest in peace Denny.
Lee Libby
November 23, 2017
Uncle Dennis,

I was very sad to hear of your passing. I will always remember you as a strong funny, and compassionate man. I treasure the memories of our times together and will never forget you.

My deepest condolences to all the family members during this time of sorrow.

Rest in peace Uncle Dennis
Rodney Ventura
November 23, 2017
Love you Dad. I know you are in a good place. Going to miss you till we meet again. Btw, Say Hi to the alligator Hunter. You were 1/1. Thanks for making me
November 22, 2017
Rob our most sincere condolences. Thank you for allowing us to know him. Great memories. Love to all.
Sherry Cuddy
November 22, 2017
Dennis, I am so saddened by your passing. You were a great colleague, a good friend, and wonderful Spirit. In retirement, we look back on our career as Law Enforcement Professionals, and remember those who we've stood shoulder to shoulder with under difficult circumstances. You were one of the good guys..It was an honor being your Friend.
George Johnson
November 19, 2017
Blessed be a life well lived.
Carol Castellani
November 19, 2017
Rest in peace Cuz. I fell very blessed to have had you in my life both as a child and later in our adult years. May your family know that you were and will be always loved by my family.
November 19, 2017
RIP my bother

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Michael Nolan
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