William C. Coffee

Photo, from findagrave.com, used with permission from photographer Bob Otero
Photo, from findagrave.com, used with permission from photographer Bob Otero

(August 29, 1915 - December 24, 2002)

The Lusk Herald
January 2, 2002

William C. "Bill" Coffee

Funeral mass for William C. "Bill" Coffee, age 87, was held Dec. 27, 2002, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Torrington, with the Rev. Father Kevin Koch officiating. Burial followed in the Valley View Cemetery.

Bill died Dec. 24, 2002, at Torrington Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 29, 1915, at the family homestead north of Node, in Niobrara County, the son of Samuel and Mary Margaret (Bannan) Coffee.

He married Ramona Hanson Sept. 26, 1940, at Harrison, Neb. They lived at Harrison until 1945 when they moved to a ranch in the Prairie Center area, where Bill ranched and drove school bus.

They moved to Torrington in 1967, and he tended bar at the Mint for 16 years.

Bill was a member of the Catholic church; a life member and past exalted ruler of the Elks; a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association; and a member of the District #1 school board for 12 years. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, square dancing, and gardening. He was a talented handyman.

He is survived by his wife Ramona; two sons, Robert of Shoshoni, and Donald of San Francisco, Calif.; three daughters, Jean Mower of Claymont, Del., Joanne and Carolyn Coffee of Torrington; two brothers, Robert Coffee of Torrington, and Arthur Coffee of Oakton, Va.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the "Special Touch" program at Torrington Community Hospital.

Colyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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