Arthur William Coffman Jr. 91, of Rupert, Idaho passed away at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family on July 27th, 2021.
Art was born November 13th, 1929 to Arthur William Coffman Sr. and Hazel Treva Gunter Coffman.
He had 4 sisters and 3 brothers, he was 3rd to the youngest and the last surviving of the bunch.
He joined the army in 1950 and served in the Korean War for 3 years as a Morse code radio interceptor in Nome Alaska.
After a 3 year courtship and some gentle nudging from Roberta Karol Rytting, they were married on May 26th 1956 and then sealed in the temple on June 27th 1963. They remained happily married for 65 years.
They had 5 children, Vicki Rae (David Almond), Charlene Justice, Lynda Lee (Gary Hoffman), Arthur Bennett (D'Ann Coffman) and Wendy Gay (Patrick Florence), who provided them with 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren with 1 more due to arrive in October.
He was very patriotic and loved his country and was very proud of his service for his country. He loved to attend the patriotic services at the park in Rupert Idaho around the 4th of July and this year he was almost the oldest veteran there.
He loved his family and made an effort to spend time with his siblings and their families and Roberta's siblings and their families. He loved and cared for Roberta's mother as he would his own. Each one of his children and their children were loved and cherished.
He loved dancing, snowmobiling, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, fishing, hunting, playing and coaching softball, bowling, doing cross word puzzles and anything else he could do outside with his family.
He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and gave his all in each calling he was given. He and Roberta served a service mission at the cannery during the Y2K scare so they worked very hard and helped fill a lot of pantries.
He was a very hard worker and worked very hard to take care of his family. He delivered fuel for Bailey Oil, then purchased Art's 66 service station, worked at Ore-ida and Dalry electric and then retired as an electrician from Kraft's food. Throughout his work history he worked at nights at Rupert bowl. Even after retirement he continued to work by taking care of the grounds at Sunset Manor.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local Veteran groups or organizations.
A viewing will be held Friday August 6th from 6-8 pm at Hanson's Mortuary in Rupert Idaho and again Saturday morning August 7th from 10-10:45 am at Rupert 7th wards Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building on E. 18th street in Rupert Idaho.
The Funeral will be held at Rupert's 7th ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints building on E. 18th street in Rupert Idaho on Saturday August 7th at 11am, following which will be a grave side service and Military rights at the Rupert Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.
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