James Ronald Coffey
March 16, 1944 – October 7, 2019
On Monday, October 7, 2019, James Ronald Coffey, 75, of Copperas Cove, Texas, entered into eternal rest. James was born on March 16, 1944, in Mifflin, West Virginia to Archie and Sylvia Coffey. He joined the United States Army on September 10, 1962. During his time of service, James served three tours in Vietnam and spent the majority of his time stationed overseas. SFC James Coffey retired after 22 years of service. He recalled his time in the Army as the best years of his life. Following his military retirement, he worked at Central Texas College for the next 20 years. During this time, he earned three associate degrees and retired as Power Plant Supervisor. James is survived by his daughter Yvonne Höffchen, wife Michelle Höffchen, and their children Cecilia and William; son James Coffey II, wife Melanie, and daughter Katelyn; son Anthony James Coffey; granddaughter Courtney Höffchen, partner Michael Galer, and their children Taylor Lee and baby Aron Galer; grandson Desland Wallace; brother Ralph Coffey; brother by love Sam Sansom and wife Barbara; and canine daughter Sunshine. He is preceded in death by former wife and best friend Rosita Coffey; daughter Nora Höffchen; father Archie Coffey; mother Sylvia Coffey; sister Charlotte Coffey; and brother Roger Coffey. James was outgoing, charming, and always the life of the party. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone he met. He loved his morning coffee meetings with friends at McDonalds and Lil’ Tex, road trips with his best friend, and getaways to the Louisiana and Oklahoma casinos. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Gentle Transitions Hospice. From the moment James transitioned into palliative care, compassion and comfort were their sole priority. They extended love and kindness to James and his family during his final six weeks at home, and his loved ones will be forever grateful to Gwenn, Melissa, and Katrina. James Coffey will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, October 18, 2019, at 2:00 in the afternoon. Taps will be played by Army veteran and family friend Jennifer Fitzgerald, who generously offers her services to any fallen veteran.