Burl E. Coffee

April 16, 1935 ‒ February 15, 2021

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Ashley, Ohio

Burl Elwood Coffee, age 85 of Delaware, OH, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021, in Delaware. He was born April 16, 1935 in Greenup, KY to the late John and Nora (Nelson) Coffee.

Left to cherish Burl’s memory are his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Hagar) Coffee; sons: Burl L. (Susan), Michael (Elaine), David, and Matthew (Lisa) Coffee; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives and friends.

“All that is gold does not glitter”. Burl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a graduate of Berlin High School Class of 1953. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was an avid golfer and barbecue chef (when they’re smokin’ they’re cookin’, when they’re black they’re done). He was a powerhouse engineer for Ohio Wesleyan University until retiring in 2001.

In addition to his parents, Burl was preceded in death by his brothers: Estel, William, Clyde, Chester, Leander, Kenneth, Bob, and James Coffee.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, OH. A funeral service will follow at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Craig Richter officiating. Burial will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware. Facemasks and social distancing will be required by all those attending. The family asks that guest refrain from  a traditional hug or handshake during these times. Direct eye contact, loving words, and a warm smile would be meaningful to and appreciated by them.

To leave a message of condolence to Burl’s family, or to share a special memory, please visit snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Great memories of my Uncle Burl. All with a smile on my face. ‘Hey kid’ usually was how he would start his sentence. Love you kid and will miss you.

  • So sorry for the loss of Burl, had so much fun when we all got together. May you and your family be surrounded by love, comforted by faith and blessed with peace. Love, Jeanne

  • Hey Uncle Burl, Sherry and are going to miss you. I’m going to miss the times getting together with the family golfing, watching the Buckeyes and the family picnics. We Love You.

  • This man was gold. Never a dull minute when we were around him. I know you boys are very proud of the man you called Dad. He was definitely proud of you. Aunt Ruth, I love you and my prayers are definitely with you. Uncle Burl will be missed.

  • Will miss Burl’s unique, fun, happy sense of humor. He was a positive person every time I saw him! Unfortunately was not often. (We live in WA) love when the brothers Roy, Luther and Burl got together, jokes flew along with laughter 💖.
    He will be missed my the west coast edition of the Coffee’s 💔
    Our condolences to Ruth, Burl Lee, Mike, Matt, David.
    Love the West coast Coffees
    Paul, Lesley, Joseph, Jordan (Nathaniel and Declan)

  • Dear Ruth and family, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace as you remember.

  • Ruth and Family:
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Burl. He was a great person and always friendly and pleasant. It has been a lot of years since we were neighbors on 3B’s and K Road. We were neighbors again after you were married, you both are great people. My thoughts and prayers are with you of you at this time

  • Love and laughter. From the Hogback to Northern Ohio and back. My memories are filled with joy and happiness. Uncle Burl you will be missed, but that love and laughter will always remind me that you are never far.
    My thoughts, prayers and forever love to you Aunt Ruth, Burl, Mike, Dave, Matt and all the family.

    Charles and Ruth
    Ashley, Josh, Lane and Spencer
    Miles and Emma

  • Ruth and family,

    My sincere condolences to you and the family. Burl was always nice and kind to me. May God bring comfort to you all during this most difficult time! May your memories bring you laughter and joy in time!


  • Burl I will miss you at the bowling alley every Wednesday!! You laughed at me bowling and always told me to slow down. We always laughed when I always left the five pin. Now I’m going to name the five pin after you. Ruth, I’m sorry for your lose. Prayers and love to you and your family!! Love you Burl!!

  • Ruth, I’m sad to hear of Burl’s passing. What a fun guy I remember from bowling. Always laughing and in a good mood. Great memories! Prayers to you and your family. RIP Burl.

  • Ruth and Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Burl’s passing. We knew that he had been ill for a while. David remembers the time that they visited back and forth and played cards together. We will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
    David and Jennifer Corwin

  • Ruth:

    I think of you often, and miss our conversations at the hospital gift shop. You have my condolences on your husband’s passing. You are in my prayers.

    Lisa Cebull

  • Ruth, we’re sorry to learn of Burl’s passing. We pray God’s comforting embrace will see you thru this difficult time.

  • I did not know him well. But over the past year when the Wednesday bowling gals would go to lunch, he would join us. He was like the rooster in the hen house. He kept us all laughing with his sense of humor and his stories. Prayers for Ruth and the family. May you find comfort in knowing how many people love you. God bless. Tanya Evans

  • Out of all the eleven Coffee boys, Uncle Burl is the one I remember the most besides of course my Dad (Ken) and also Uncle Mid (James) whom I lived with for several years when I was a young child. Uncle Mid & Aunt Helen visited Uncle Burl & Aunt Ruth frequently on HogBack Road and I’ll always remember playing with mostly Burl Lee. I moved to Texas in the mid 1960’s and only saw Uncle Burl a few times after that. But, he left an impression on me as being a good Uncle and he contributed in helping me to enjoy a few sweet years of childhood normalcy which I’ll always cherish. God Bless those eleven Coffee boys and their Mother, my Grandma, Nora Coffee. I send my condolences to all of the family.

    Susan Coffee Brummett

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