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Dr. James Leo Coffey, MD

Dr. James Leo Coffey, MD

Male 1919 - 2007  (87 years)

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  • Name James Leo Coffey 
    Title Dr. 
    Suffix MD 
    Born 5 Jul 1919  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 3 Jan 1920  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    1920 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Supervisor's District No. 90, Enumeration District No. 133, Sheet 2B.
    Census 1925  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    1925 Iowa Census, Washington County, Wellman, page 46.
    Census 2 Apr 1930  Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    1930 Federal Census, Iowa, Washington County, Lime Creek Township, Enumeration District 92-16, Sheet 1B.
    Died 15 Jun 2007  Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • James Leo Coffey was born July 5, 1919 in Wellman, Iowa the son of Elmer and Lola (Oldaker) Coffey. He was the Valedictorian Graduate of the Wellman High School class of 1937. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Iowa in 1942, where he was an elected member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic fraternity. On June 18, 1944, Doc was united in marriage to Eleanore Smith in Iowa City. He spent two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Doc?s career began in the Veteran?s Administration Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. He then served a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children?s Hospital, and an advanced residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1951, Doc began his first general practice in Fairfax, Missouri before moving to Emmetsburg to practice in 1955. Doc was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. He served on many boards throughout his career including: the Iowa Board of Medical Licensure (6 years), Emmetsburg Community School Board, Iowa Lakes Community College Board, and the Five Island Lake Restoration Board. He was an elected member of the American College of Cardiology, a lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Practice and a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice. He was the founding member of ?Heart House? in Bethesda, Maryland, a center for post graduate conferences on cardiac disease. Doc also served as co-chairman of the Wellness Center Capital Campaign in 1994. In 1968, Doc was recognized as ?Citizen of the Year,? and in 1979, he was named in the first edition ?The Best Doctors in America? by Reveal Publications. Doc was also acknowledged in many other ways, including: Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick?s Day Parade (1991 and 2002), Charles Hughes Citizen of the Year (1993), Honorary Fireman by the Emmetsburg Fire Department (1996), named a Friend of Conservation by the Soil Conservation Commission (1996) and Rotary Business and Industry Award of Merit Recipient (May 29, 2007). Doc retired for the first time in 1985, but he returned 12 more times from retirement as an emergency room doctor serving Mason City, Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Emmetsburg. During his retirement, he was very active in the community and especially with the restoration of Five Island Lake. His leadership and insight was instrumental in developing this vital asset to our community. Doc put his knowledge and talent to print in 2003, and he wrote a book, ?Saving the Glacier?s Creation,? On Friday, June 15, 2007, Dr. James Coffey passed away at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg. He was 87. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Eleanore of Emmetsburg; three children: Steven Coffey (Nancy) of Sterling, Virginia, Maggie Coffey of Emmetsburg and John Coffey (Jan) of Faribault, MN; a sister, Diana Halda of Washington, Iowa; grandchildren: Kimberly Coffey, Kevin Coffey (Elsa), Shaun Coffey, Tim Eng (Laura), Cindy (David Hoshaw); and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Max, Hubert and Francis; four sisters: Marsha Morgan, Kathleen Morrison, Helen Grass and Jean Grey.
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone of James Coffey and Eleanore Smith.
    Headstone of James Coffey and Eleanore Smith.
    Headstone of James Coffey and Eleanore Smith.
    Person ID I1057  Helms Family
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2011 

    Father Elmer Ivan Coffey,   b. 12 Aug 1880, Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1948, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Lola Edna Oldaker,   b. 26 Jun 1880, Iowa County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1954  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1902 
    Family ID F364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanore Smith,   b. 1918, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 2013, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1944  Iowa City, Johnson County, IA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. S.J. Coffey
     2. Margaret Irene Coffey,   b. 21 Jun 1950,   d. 24 Jan 2013, Camden County, MO, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. J.C. Coffey
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jul 1919 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 3 Jan 1920 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1925 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 2 Apr 1930 - Wellman, Washington County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jun 1944 - Iowa City, Johnson County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jun 2007 - Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, IA, USA Link to Google Earth
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