URBANA — A memorial service for Larry Aaron Coffey, 79, of Urbana, was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign.
Larry passed away peacefully at 3:47 p.m. on Wednesday (May 1, 2019) at Country Health in Gifford.
Larry was born June 24, 1939, in Sadorus, a son of Welby and Elva (Aaron) Coffey. He soon moved to Thomasboro, where he had a wonderful early childhood and then moved to Rantoul. As a teen, he played several sports, but found his passion for Boy Scouts as a Scout with Troop 30, and then with Explorer Post 30.
In 1962, Larry married June Brooks of Tazewell, Tenn. They moved to Champaign in late 1963, where Larry joined the Champaign Police Department. He retired after 28 years of service. Larry loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, drives through the country and enjoying nature. But most of all, he loved his family and friends. His sense of humor and pranks will live on forever. He loved to laugh.
While living in Champaign, Larry rekindled his passion for scouting. He was a Scoutmaster for Troop 13 for a number of years and the Lodge Adviser for the Order of the Arrow Lodge 92, where he was a Vigil member. He was the recipient of a number of awards for his service to scouting but was most proud of his Silver Beaver award.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law Allen (Vonnie) Coffey of Rantoul; and sister and brother-in-law Mildred (James) Pasley of Mahomet. He is survived by his sister, Marlene (Richard) Schaede of Marion; his son, Randy (Penny) Coffey; and his grandson, Lane of Mahomet; his daughter, Kim Coffey; and grandson, Levi of Urbana; nephews and nieces; and countless friends who he held dear to his heart.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family asks that you make a contribution to Randy Coffey designated for Larry’s Scout Fund account at First Financial Bank in Mahomet. All contributions will go toward Boy Scouts and Camp Drake to honor Larry’s passion for scouting.
Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.