Robert Coffey 1927-2019

Robert Coffey 1927-2019

Mr. Robert Dale Coffey, a longtime resident of Prescott, Ariz., died Saturday, April 13, 2019, at about 1 p.m. at his residence, at Alta Vista retirement community.

Mr. Coffey was born March 7, 1927, to the late James Gabriel Coffey and Lena Rose (Higgins) Coffey in Leavenworth. He served in the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII and the Korean War as an operating room technician. 

He attended and graduated from Holton High School. He attended the University of Miami where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went to Emporia Teacher’s College where he received his teaching degree. He then attended ASU where he received his master’s degree in art history. He taught at Morenci, Ariz., and Thatcher Jr. College, going on to teach art history for ASU.

He is survived by Bill Swift, his long time friend and business partner. They enjoyed travelling the world buying and selling antiques. He is also survived by his ex-wife Helene Brockelman; his niece Barbara Jean Craig of Claymore, Okla.; Patty Fussell, Michele Jetton, and Peggy Cochran, all of Florida; Betty Andersen of South Carolina; and Gary Swift of Fulton, Ky.

Mr. Coffey was co-owner of Red Lamp Antiques of Prescott and Red Lamp mobile home park in Thatcher, Ariz. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mr. Coffey will be laid to rest in the America City Cemetery in America City, next to his parents, on Tuesday, April 23.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary. Please visit to sign Mr. Coffey’s online guestbook.


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