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Dave Coffman, 72, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away after a heart wrenching battle against pancreatic cancer, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at his home surrounded by loved ones. A visitation will be held 4:30-6:30 pm, followed by Celebration of Life at 6:40 PM, Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64064. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Dave Coffman to: WCUMC Adoption Resource Foundation and mailed to WCUMC 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 or Raytown Lee’s Summit Community Credit Union has an account set up and funds donated there will help with the following:
- Expected and Unexpected Illness-related Expenses
- Establishing a Dave Coffman Educational Scholarship
- WCUMC Adoption Resource Foundation
Checks Payable to: Dave Coffman, in the memo section write “Fundraiser-09”, Mail to: RLSCCU, 504 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, ATTN: COFFMANSTRONG
Dave was born June 22, 1946 in Independence, Missouri. He grew up on a farm near Kearney, Missouri. Dave went to Highland Junior college where he played football and grew to love coaching. He graduated from CMSU with a degree in Education. While still in college Dave married his hometown sweetheart, Rose Mary Postema.
He received his first job coaching in Plattsburg, Missouri before being drafted into the Army. Following boot camp and all his military training, Dave spent 5 months in Korea during the Vietnam War and honorably discharged. While still on active duty, Dave was recruited by the North Platt School district to become the principal for an Edgerton Elementary School. At this time Dave also was coaching high school athletics.
During this time of his life, he and Rose Mary were starting their new family with the addition of Cortney in August of 1970 and Amy in January of 1973. In 1978 Dave and his family moved to Blue Springs and Dave become the principal at Westridge Elementary in the Raytown School District where he remained for the next 22 years.
In 1991, Dave was awarded the National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Award for the Top Educator. After serving 30 years in public schools, Dave remained involved in the education system by supervising/mentoring student teachers and substituting as principal wherever the need arose. During his retirement, Dave also became involved in the Youth Friend mentorship program. He mentored numerous youths over the course of almost 20 years.
Dave also worked with former KC Chief Deron Cherry to create the Score 1 for Health Charity. This program provides free in-school health screening for elementary children. Dave and Rose Mary’s ultimate charity work began after a trip to a Russian orphanage inspired them to create the Woods Chapel United Methodist Church Adoption Resource Foundation. In the 15 years since its inception, over 300 children found their forever home. Clearly retirement did not mean the same thing to Dave. He then began a new career as a financial advisor with Primerica. Dave was not on this earth to enrich himself but instead to help others gain financial freedom.
He was always infectiously enthusiastic, always smiling and always thinking of everyone else first. To have known him was to love him. In fact, to have met Dave was to love him.
He was preceded in death by; his parents, Lloyd and Mildred Coffman. Survivors include: Rose Mary Coffman, wife 52 years; his daughter and sons-in-law, Cortney & Neil Cooper and Amy Coffman and Casey Reynolds; grandchildren, Logan Murphy, Brayton Cooper, Tatum Cooper; brothers & sisters-in-law, Lyle & Kay Coffman and Guy & Sally Coffman; Dave was a loving father figure to, Dominique & Isabelle Habegger and their children Alice, Estelle, and Benoit in Geneva, Switzerland and Manuela Grandi & Andrew Fieggen and their children Giorgio and Melina from Cape Town, South Africa.