Date of birth: 15 Feb 1897 Nineveh, Johnson County, Indiana
Date of death: 9 Jul 1982 Marion, Grant County, Indiana
Source: Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, July 12, 1982
Retired automobile mechanic William Coffman Franklin William Adam "Willie" Coffman, 85, Franklin, died Friday at Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion where he had been a patient for eight months. He had been in failing health for one year. Born Feb. 15, 1897, in Nineveh, he was the son of Young and Elizabeth (Goetz) Coffman. He married Ruby Bush June 16, 1923. She survives. Mr. Coffman retired 18 years ago. He was an automobile mechanic and had owned and operated Coffman Auto Parts for 35 years. He graduated from Nineveh High School and was a member of the former Nineveh Methodist Church, Nineveh Masonic Lodge 317 and Nineveh Order of the Eastern Star 466. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Franklin and the World War I Veterans Association of Fort Myers, Fla. He was a World War I Marine veteran. The Rev. Cecil Parkhurst will conduct a service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Vandivier-Tudor Funeral Home in Franklin. Military grave side rites will be conducted by the Fort Benjamin Harrison honor guard in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 8 tonight by the Nineveh Masonic Lodge. Other survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Ed (Montrew) Gross, Franklin route five; a sister, Eva Dunham, Indianapolis, and a grandson. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by three brothers and seven sisters.
Submitted by Mark E. Wirey