Francis E. "Frank" Coffen, 74, of Mt. Union and formerly of Fort Madison, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Mt. Union United Methodist Church. The Reverend Randy Moser will officiate. A committal service will precede the Celebration of Life at 12 PM on Saturday at Trinity Cemetery, rural Mt. Union, with graveside military rites conducted by the Iowa Military Funeral Honors and the Henry County Honor Guard.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Frank's wife, Tammi Coffen, c/o the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641. Memorials will be sent to a Genetics charity to be named at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com
Francis Eli "Frank" Coffen was born September 9, 1943 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Frank and Helen (Nader) Coffen. He graduated from high school in Pennsylvania. Frank was first married to Joyce Naylor. Joyce preceded Frank in death. On March 9, 2010 at the First Christian Church in Burlington, IA, Frank was united in marriage to Tamara Suzanne Morgan.
After high school, Frank enlisted in the United States Army. While serving his country at Fort Sam Houston, TX, he was trained to be a Medical Laboratory Technician. Helping others through medical care would become a lifelong career for Frank. While enlisted in the Army, he also received a degree from Baylor University in 1975. Following his honorable discharge, Frank returned to school. He earned his BA degree from Augusta College, GA in 1983. He furthered his education with a BS degree in Biology from (then) Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant in 1994. In 2009, Frank earned his MBA from St. Ambrose University.
In civilian life, Frank was a Medical Technologist in hospital laboratories including McDuffie County Hospital in GA, Ft. Madison Community Hospital, Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Great River Medical Center. He completed his career at Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield, from which he retired. Frank received many awards during his career, including one from the University of Iowa for his method of improving laboratory organization. Frank was a member of Mt. Union United Methodist Church.
Those thankful for sharing in Frank's life include his wife, Tammi, of Mt. Union; 7 children - Sherry Naylor, Charlie Naylor, Kristopher Bowen, Cristi Bieri, Ami Bieri, Cori Bieri and Mandi Bieri; a sister, Patty; 5 grandchildren - Quisetin, Landon, Noah, Graham and Emily and 2 great grandchildren.
His parents, his first wife, Joyce and a daughter April precede Frank in death.
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