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Obituary ~ Ronald Dean "Ron" "Skinny" Coffman
June 11, 1950 ~ January 30, 2015

The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
February 01, 2015

Ronald Dean "Ron" "Skinny" Coffman, 64, of Ventura, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City. Ron gave in death as he gave in life; through tissue donation to the Iowa Donor Network.

A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, starting at 4 p.m with a time of sharing at 7 p.m at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and then Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake. Family suggests memorials to Toys for Tots or to The American Cancer Society in memory of Sue Poole.

Ron was born June 11, 1950, in Cedar Falls, the son of Emory and Sally (McBride) Coffman. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1968. Following high school he went to work for Fridley's Olds, Cedar Falls, until 1976. He then owned and operated Coffman Body Shop until he semi-retired in November 2013.

He married Connie McCrea and to this union they had three children.

In 1991 he purchased a vacation home in Clear lake. Ron enjoyed spending time in Clear Lake. In the 1990s he owned and operated Coffman Carts in Clear Lake. Ron married his partner in crime Jennifer "Bubby" Poole March 20, 2006, in St. John, USVl, surrounded by his family, island family and friends, where they continued to share their love for each other and their love for the islands. After cremation, Ron will finally rest in paradise at his Fish Shack in Ventura, Maho Bay on St. John and White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, BVI.

He enjoyed traveling with friends and family, grilling at home, working in his shop, annual fishing trips with his family to Minnesota, picking antiques with Jen, listening to his music (loud), camping at Happy Time Resort in Lake Mills and most of all loving "his people." Ron lived his life to the fullest. He was one of the original members of Cedar Falls Football Forecasters Association and was a proud American who belonged to AmVets Cedar Falls Post 49.

Ron is survived by his wife, Jennifer Coffman of Ventura; three children, Carrie (Andy Huisman) Coffman of Wellsburg, Casey (Jeff) Frahm of Clear Lake and Chris (Rachael) Coffman of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren, Cody Coffman, Carney Frahm, Carson Frahm, Cadence Coffman and Cael Coffman; his father, Emory Coffman of Bollingbrook, Ill.; his mother, Sally Bagley of Cedar Falls; three brothers, Doug (Jayne) Coffman of Wichita, Kan., Jeff (Mary) Coffman of Lombard, Ill., and Marc (April) Coffman of Naples, Idaho; one sister, Linda (Jim) Anderson of Cedar Falls; father-in-law Roger Poole of Clear Lake; sister-in-law Katie Poole, nephews Lane and Cade Paulson of Clear Lake; brother-in-law Brian (Becky) Poole of Des Moines; and scores of others whose lives he touched.

He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Sue Poole.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. 641-357-2193 ColonialChapels.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2016

 

 

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