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Larry Aaron Coffey

A memorial service for Larry Aaron Coffey, 79, of Urbana, will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.

coffeyLarry 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, Ill.,  a son of Welby and Elva (Aaron) Coffey. He soon moved to Thomasboro, Ill., 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 Advisor 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, 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 flowers, 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.



Randy & Kim

So sorry to here about the loss of your father. 28 years with the CPD and big time into scouting, he looked like a really interesting man. That generation is a special one, proud, hardworking very active and family strong. I also see he was a prankster, that explains a lot Randy. :-)

Gary Baker


Thanks for the memories Larry, you were a good friend and a pleasure to be around. Your kindness and humor will never forgotten. Rest in peace. Condolences to Randy and Kim and families.

Marcia Wilkinson

Larry was a classmate of mine in high school. Although we did not do much together, I was always aware of his presence.

He and his family are remembered in our prayers.

Mike Klestinski


I have many fond memories of Larry. He was a mentor and friend through scouting. I learned the importance of service to others through Larry and apply them even today. His laugh and sense of humor were contagious and I still tell the legend of Falling Rock to my cub scouts every year! Thanks, Larry, you will be missed! Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dean Stiebner