Richard Leroy Coffelt

Coffelt, Richard

Born January 15, 1944 in the family home to Mabel Marie Holloman Coffelt and Elvin Elwood Coffelt. He joined his Heavenly Father on February 9, 2016 with family surrounding him and singing him home in the Hospice House of Olathe.

He was the youngest of three sons. His brothers were six and eight years older than he. When Richard was 23 months old his father died of a brain tumor leaving his mother with a small railroad pension to support her sons. She went to beauty school in order to learn a trade and opened a shop in her home. Richard was a mischievous child and would often disappear. He once sneaked into the local theater to watch a movie and left his mother worried sick as she had everyone out looking for him. She often tied him to the clothes line to keep him within her eyesight while working.

Richard was a 1962 graduate of Osawatomie High school. He attended Pittsburg College from 1962 to 1965. He served in the Army Reserves. In September of 1966 he married Janette Filby Coffelt and to this union two daughters were born, Jenice Ann McCoy and Justine Marie Staten .

Richard worked for Taylor Forge in Paola; Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in Desoto; Kansas City Power and Light Company, Kansas City ; Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and toward the end of his life worked for the City of Overland Park in their Maintenance Department.

He was a man of many talents. He learned early in life many construction skills, as he helped his mother with remodeling and work on her home (the home he was born in and grew up in) and built the house in which he, his wife and children lived. He was always willing to help a relative, friend or neighbor.

He loved a good joke and would sometimes laugh until tears ran down his face. He loved a good practical joke and a good argument and often instigated them just to get a rise out of the other party.

Preceded in death by his mother Mabel, his brother, Jerry, his sister in-law Joann, he is survived by his wife, Janette of the home; his daughter Jenice McCoy and her husband, Patrick of Manhattan, Kansas; daughter Justine Staten and husband, Tony of Olsburg, Kansas. Three grandchildren – Garrett, Brook and Bridget, who were the light of his life. His brother, William Coffelt of Osawatomie; sister-in-law Donna Coffelt of Overland Park, Kansas, many nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

In honor of his wishes, he was cremated.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at Memorial Hall, John Brown Park, Osawatomie on Saturday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. with a fellowship/visitation time immediately following. Memorials may be made to the Hospice House Olathe, 20920 W 151st Street, Suite 204, Olathe, Kansas 66061. 






  1. Eleanor Beadle on February 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Dear Janette,
    We were sorry to hear about your loss. Our sympathy to you and your
    daughters. May you be comforted by many fond memories.
    Love from John and Eleanor Beadle

  2. Melissa Long Hickam on February 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I just wanted to express my condolences for your family. I was a childhood friend of Jenice”s.

  3. Larry Endecott on February 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I worked along side of Rich at SBC, enjoyed his friendship. So sorry for your loss, and will be praying for your family. God bless. Larry Endecott

  4. Bob in Overland Park, Kansas on February 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Coffelt. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  5. Carla Carter Hartley on February 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Very sorry to learn of Richard’s passing. Many childhood memories of the neighborhood “gang”, living on same street.
    He will be missed and remembered.
    Until we meet again, RIP.

  6. Carla Carter Hartley on February 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Very sorry to learn of Richard’s passing. I grew up with him in Osawatomie. Actually lived on the same street when “kids” and played with the ol’ neighborhood gang. Many childhood memories of those days gone by. One of the good guys…he will be missed and remembered. Until we meet again, RIP.

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