Mr. Fredric Dee “Fred” Coffey

February 26, 1932 ‒ February 17, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Mr. Fredric Dee “Fred” Coffey, 86, of Marion, passed away Sunday morning at his home with family at his side.

Born Feb. 26, 1932, in Marion, the son of Harold and Avis Coffey, he was a 1950 graduate of Harding High School and a 1954 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a minor in Journalism. On June 13, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Rosalie Evelyn Walker, with whom he shared more than 64 years of marriage. She survives.

Mr. Coffey was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the U.S. Occupation Forces in Germany. In addition to his duties as a cryptographer, he was a sportswriter for Stars and Stripes Newspaper, traveling throughout Europe to provide coverage of military athletic contests.

For three decades, Mr. Coffey taught high school in Marion County.  His first position was at Caledonia High School prior to his induction into the service.  After returning from Germany, he accepted a teaching position at Prospect High, where he taught until that school’s consolidation into the Elgin School District.  It was at Elgin High where he spent the remainder of his teaching career, retiring in 1984.  At Elgin, Mr. Coffey taught Speech, American History, Government, Journalism and Problems of Democracy.  He also served as the school’s yearbook adviser.  In addition to his teaching career, he also was a sportswriter and correspondent for The Marion Star and other central Ohio newspapers for many years.

It was while at Elgin that Mr. Coffey developed and implemented his own history class, Famous Americans, which encouraged students to do in-depth research on a notable American individual of their choice.  The class grew so popular that years after having graduated, former students would approach him to reminisce about their projects.

Mr. Coffey also was heavily involved in the school’s athletic programs, serving as the “Voice of the Comets” as announcer for the Elgin football team.  He was the official scorer for the Comet basketball squad and the Central District Basketball Tournament, and was a co-founder of the Elgin Relays, where he served as Meet Director for many years. Mr. Coffey also emceed numerous Elgin athletic banquets. He continued his athletic involvement in retirement, serving as the official scorer for the Ridgedale High School girls basketball team.

Family always came first for Mr. Coffey, but his second love was Alabama Crimson Tide football.   His den was a tribute to The Tide and legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, including oil paintings, Alabama souvenirs and mementoes, and his prized collection of Crimson Tide hats.  He also loved the Christmas season, and his numerous themed Christmas trees and other seasonal decorations became a stop on holiday home tours.

In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Coffey is survived by three children: Kevin (Margaret) Coffey of Massillon; Kyle (Vince) Miller of Clover, S.C.; and Kara (Todd) Galyk of Morral. Survivors also include 12 grandchildren: Fred Coffey, Rachel Kuebeck, Sarah Warren, Daniel Coffey and Michael Coffey; Lindsey Gardner and Lauren Murphy; Megan Benninger and Jake Galyk; and Courtney McClaskey, Chris Coffey and Kimberly Humphreys.  Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Coffey was preceded in death by a son, Kim Coffey; grandchildren Robert Coffey and Amelia Coffey; a sister, Sue Ann Hoffman, and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Longacre.

The family would like to thank Ohio Health Hospice and Julie Miley, RN, for their loving care and special thanks to the Pastor Ryan Strother for his spiritual support.

At Mr. Coffey’s request, there are no calling hours.  A private family funeral service is planned Thursday afternoon at Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel with burial in Marion Cemetery.  Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Central Baptist Church, 2816 Marion Waldo Road, Marion, Ohio 43302.

“Roll Tide.”

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Coffey family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • My deepest sympathy to the family. Fred holds many fond memories in my thoughts. I will never quite get over the football battles we had. Such a good family man and a dedicated educator. A true angel to many and a great father. I will always remember his rock gardens. He taught me about certain flowers when Kim went to help plant. God bless and thank you for blessing my life with your gift of Fred.

  • So sorry for your family. Prayers to all. He sure had alot of love and passion for his work and family. What a beautiful person. Prayers and hugs to all of your family. Fly high Sir and thank you for your serve to your country and teaching.

  • Please except my sincere condolences for your loss of Mr. Fredric.
    Our Creator God understands how you feel and he deeply cares about you, and He fully understands what you’re going through.. (Psalm 103:14; 1 Peter 5:7) Jehovah is close to those who are Heart broken, he comforts those who are grieving.—Ps. 34:18. You can trust him with your innermost feelings, Pray to Almighty God for peace and he will sustain you.
    My deepest Sympathy.

  • Many prayers being sent to your family during this time. I knew him simply as “peepaw” through Megan and I know he was a very special man to hold such a treasured place in her heart. May you all hold close those memories.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you the peace that passes understanding. Relish in your memories.

  • Great sideline game Coach! Mr. Coffey won a lot of basketball games by feeding the stats to me when I was coaching at Elgin. He could tell me such things as who to foul when we needed to do so in order to win. Or exactly who to shut down defensively. I was taught how to research a story by being a part of his student newspaper. His yearbooks were the only historical books produced at the school. He did a fantastic job of documenting what was happening at Elgin. He was outstanding as a speaker at so many of our events. He was a great reason why we had school such pride! My God be with the family.

  • My sympathy to your family. Seeing Fred’s name in the paper brought back many memories of your family at Prospect Street Church and also how our son Bob was inspired by Fred’s teaching at Elgin. Norma and Bill Stump.

  • My memories of Mr Coffey go back so many years even before he was one of my teachers. I knew him when he helped at the family store on North Main St. we lived above the store and I was in and out. All the time. Loved his teaching style. Taught me a lot about life . Did newspaper and yearbook. Was a positive influence on a lot of people. Condolences to the family. He was one of the good ones .

  • Mr Coffey was such an incredible influence to so many students who were fortunate enough to cross his path. He was such a passionate teacher and always had such great stories to enhance learning. As a scorebook keeper extraordinarie I never came across someone who could keep up with the duty as well as provide such valuable information. The Elgin Relays were such a prominent event because of him. He sent letters to so many schools and ran such an outstanding event that we attracted amazing talent to run at little old Elgin High Schools cinder track in the middle of nowhere. I admired his loyalty to all things that he felt committed to. Thanks Mr Coffey for being such a positive role model.

  • Mr. Coffey was one of my favorite teachers when he taught at Prospect High School. He knew how to make learning fun. My sincere condolences and sympathy go out to the family. May he Rest In Peace and will be remembered by many.

    Carroll Dix Bosse

  • “The Voice of the Comets” was what I thought of when I saw Mr Coffee’s name. Then it was confirmed in the obituary. I remember he was always there with a mike in his hand ready to announce or mc anything. He always added a professional touch to the years 64 to 69 for me. RIP MR COFFEE THANKS for the memories!

  • My deepest sympathies for the family. A great man lost. He will always be my favorite and most impactful teacher. Again condolences

  • I have nothing but wonderful and fond memories of this great man. He made learning fun and I remember laughing a lot.My prayers and condolences are with his family and loved ones.

  • I will always remember Mr Coffey. He was my favorite teacher during my Elgin years. Please rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.

  • RIP Mr.Coffey. What a wonderful teacher and all around great guy. One of Elgin best.
    Prayers for his family.

    The Lane Family

    Jim “66”
    Don “70”
    Jack “73”
    Peggy “76”

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. Mr Coffey, was my favorite teacher, I loved his class Famous Americans and the many interesting stories he would tell and his no nonsense approach to life. We have lost one of the greatest teachers, there ever was. Rest in Peace Mr. Coffee.

  • My sincere sympathy to the family of Mr Coffee. Mr Coffee was many things to Elgin High School. Great teacher, man of character and always a professional. I’m not sure of the year, think it was 1968 Year Book, best ever!!!!!!!
    One of the best compliments in life is when one can positive influence young people lives. He was definitely a positive influence not just for me, to many of his students and coworkers.
    As Ned said, thanks for the memories.

  • My sympathies are extended to the family. I remember Mr Coffey so well he was one of my favorite teachers He made learning fun. I always looked forward to his class.
    My prayers are with the family at this time
    Rest Well Mr. Coffey🌹
    Jonda(Steele) Jones

  • What a fun and inspiring teacher. Famous Americans was a fun class. Mr Coffey was always smiling and keeping things interesting. My Mom, Jean (Mather) Belford, went to school with him and said he was always so nice. Prayers to you as you grieve your loved one. He was a blessing and inspiration to those of us that knew him.

    Lisa (Belford) Oswald

  • In 8th grade history class at Prospect Mr. Coffee ask each of us to memorize the poem
    In Flanders field. I think I can still recite it ! We always had fun in his class.
    Fred Coffee left a wonderful legacy. May he Rest In Peace. My condolences to Rosie and family.

  • Sending thoughts & prayers to Mr. Coffee’s family. He was a great influence in my life. One of the best teachers at Elgin

    Mr. Coffee, thanks for the memories . Christie “Mom”. (Fulton) Hunter

  • I, along with 99 other students, were the first graduates of Elgin High School in 1963. In our lives there are standout memories of people who’ve made a difference. Mr. Coffey was one of a handful of teachers who stood out in my life. He validated me by showing me support and promoted my willingness to move beyond my comfort zone. I am sorry for his family’s loss, but honored and happy to have shared a little time of his life.