Courtney L. Coffing, 95 passed away in his sleep early morning of Dec. 13, 2015.
Courtney now joins his beloved wife Wanda, his parents William and Millie Coffing and his sister Ruth in Heaven. He is survived by his son, Larry (Barbara) of Beach Park IL; adopted daughter, Catharine (Fred) of Iola, WI; grandsons, Matthew and Anthony and three great-grandsons: Justin, Max and Seth.
Courtney lived a long rewarding life firmly rooted in his Christian Faith as a life long Methodist serving the church for many years as a Sunday School Teacher and Lay Leader. His life of service began in the Civilian Military Training Corps and the U.S. Border Patrol from which he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His WWII service included the battle of Iwo Jima and post war China. During the Korean War he was a mortar school instructor and retired as a Staff Sergeant. His civilian service to the military included time as an U.S. Air Force Instructor and as a U.S. Army Education Advisor in Europe. Returning to the U.S. Courtney spent 18 years with Amos Press in Sidney, Ohio writing and editing for the Coin World and World Coins publications followed by a short period of time with Coin Auctioneer Joe Lepzic ended by Joe’s tragic death. In 1984 Courtney joined the Krause Publications Numismatic division before retiring and starting his own Notgeld Publication, the Fraktur. Throughout most of his life he was a very active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Marine Corps League and the Lions Club receiving some of their highest awards. Finally as old age over took them Courtney and Wanda took up residence in the King Veterans Home where the wonderful staff provided the best care possible anywhere.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dec.21, 2015, Voie Funeral Home, Iola 3-6 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, Dec.22, 2015, Iola United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the Glacier Woods (Iola) Country Club 12:30 p.m.