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Gordon R. Coffin

June 13, 1930 ~ November 2, 2020 (age 90)


Gordon Coffin was born in 1930 as the youngest son of Russell H Coffin and Jean (Allen) Coffin. He married Bernice Schreiber of Byron Illinois and they had many wonderful years together. He is predeceased by his wife Bernice, his older brother Allen Coffin, his older sister Shirley (Coffin) Falconer. HIs only surviving relative is a nephew Steven Falconer. 
Gordie grew up on a farm near Davis Illinois. The family later moved to a farm east of Winnebago.  
Gordie learn to drive trucks at an early age for Alworth ( Now Winnebago Grain and Feed) and for Spencer Scott at Edwardsville creamery.
He joined the Marine Corp and took his basic training in San Diego. He drove trucks in Camp Lejeune North Carolina.  After his Marine Corp service he came home to Illinois and drove trucks this time for Staley Cartiage and he made a career working for them. He became friends with many other truckers. He had a great sense of humor and a ready laugh that had a way of putting a smile on so many faces.  He never said a bad word about anyone. 
Gordie and Bernie enjoyed the 5 different trailers that they owned for vacationing. And yes Gordie enjoyed driving the pickup trucks that pulled these tailers.  While traveling they met many other like minded people and enjoyed getting together with them.  
During his retirement he always had coffee in Cherry Valley with his trucker friends. It was a special time for them to relive the "good ole days”. 
For many years he helped his neighborhood by being the HOA President.  
When asked how he was, Gordie would reply…."not bad for an old man". He never complained.   Gordie was always optimistic and had that great sense of humor right up until the end. Recently he admitted that he was 90 years old and that he had had a pretty good run…..and was ready to move on…...
We need to celebrate the memory of his life by sharing memories.
We will miss you Gordie. 
May you rest in Peace…... with Bernice.


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