Richard D. Coffelt

Born: Sat., Aug. 6, 1932
Died: Wed., Jan. 25, 2012

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 28, 2012

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Richard D. “Dick” Coffelt, age 79, of Hays died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at his home n Hays.

Dick was born August 6, 1932, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Carl and Lois (Maupin) Coffelt.  He attended Hays High School and graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1950.  He served in the United States Army 1953-1955 during the Korean conflict. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Administration from University of Kansas in 1956 and a law degree in 1959.  He served on the Kansas Law Review Editorial Board, 1957-1958.  He worked for State Farm Insurance from 1959 to 1960.  He  practiced law in Hays from 1960-1997.  Following his retirement, he taught Business Law at FHSU from 1999-2002.  He served on both the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the High Plains and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  

He married Marilyn Elledge in September 1956.  They were divorced in July of 1974.  He married JoAnn Jennings on April 21, 1979.  

Dick is survived by his wife, JoAnn Jennings of the home in Hays; daughters, Gretchen Mefford and her husband, Ned of Houston, Texas and Christine Frost of Portland, Oregon, son, Clayton Coffelt and his wife, Nicole of Denver, Colorado; a brother, Tom Coffelt and his wife, Judy of Olive Branch, Mississippi; grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Mefford, Hallie and Gwen Frost, and Camile Coffelt.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Hays.  Private inurnment will be in the Mt. Allen Cemetery in Hays.
Memorials have been established with the Humane Society of the High Plains, Hospice of Hays Medical Center or to a Vietnam Memorial to be to the Fisher House Foundation-“There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment.” in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.  Condolences to the family at www

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Vickie Manley Gerstner
   Posted Thu January 26, 2012
My condolences to Dick's family for your loss. I have very fond memories of Dick - He was kind enough to let me "intern" in his office when I was a senior in high school, helped me get my first job as a legal secretary and later hired me to work in his office.

Ruth Bollig
   Posted Fri January 27, 2012
JoAnn and Family,

My heart is reaching out to you in sympathy and prayer.

Thinking of You,
Ruth Bollig

Audrey Harper Schoenberger
   Posted Fri January 27, 2012
JoAnn and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. I have fond memories of Dick and my early years as a Social Worker for SRS going to court and having to testify with him. I always remember how he used to say "Well Audrey", with his drawn out voice trying to get me to change my mind which he knew was not going to happen. He was always such a gentleman and always nice to me no matter what my role was in the court case. I so enjoyed his humor and his conversations. The world has lost a great man and I will miss him.

Golden Shawl
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
I just found the database. Thank you, your work lives on.

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