Richard L. Coffman


POLO — Richard L. Coffman, 92, of Polo, passed away Monday, June 10, 2024, at his home surrounded by family after a hard-fought battle with prostate cancer.

Richard was born April 26,1932 in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Herbert and Carol (Davis) Coffman.  He was united in marriage to Beverly Reid on June 12, 1954 at the Polo Church of the Brethren.  They had a wonderful 70 years together.  Richard attended Carthage College and the University of Illinois and served in the United States Army.

Richard was a life-long farmer, the fifth generation on the family farm in rural Polo.  He was active in the community, serving on the Polo Bank, Polo School, Polo Ambulance and Dairy Herd Improvement boards, as well as a number of church boards.  Richard also was part of the steering committee to organize the Polo Coop Association and subsequently served on its board.

Richard was a life member of the NRA and 60-year member of the Polo Rifle Club and Rock River Rifle Leagues as an active shooter.  He was also a private pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Survivors include his wife Beverly; sons: Randy (Cindy) Coffman of Tulsa, OK and John (Lisa) Coffman of Polo; granddaughters Elizabeth (Greg) Norton of Berlin, Germany, Rachel (Ryan) Gaddis of Dallas, Texas and Anna Coffman of Pass-a-Grille, Florida; one great-granddaughter, Auriel Evanthe Norton.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Ema (Keator) Coffman and parents Herbert and Carol (Davis) Coffman.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo.  Services will be Friday, June 14, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at Polo Family Funeral Home with a visitation just prior to services beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will be immediately following at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Daniel Childs of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Serenity Hospice & Home for their excellent care of Richard.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Serenity Hospice and Home.

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