Gary Coffing


Gary Lee Coffing

April 2, 1957 - March 26, 2017

Gary L. Coffing, 59, of Wooster, went home to be with his Savior on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Wooster Community Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

Gary was born April 2, 1957 in Mount Vernon to Lloyd and Marie (Beckley) Coffing and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1975.  He later graduated from Ohio State University, A.T.I. in Wooster where he then worked for nearly 31 years as the Crops Manager at the A.T.I. Farm, retiring in 2008.  Gary had made his home in the Orrville and Wooster area since 1977 and was an active member of the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church.  Gary was passionate about sharing the word of the Lord and led a weekly Bible Study at the church.  He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, gardening and working in the yard as well as traveling and attending Ohio County Fairs.  Gary was a big Ohio State Buckeye fan and he will be remembered for his wonderful smile and laugh.

Surviving are his beloved wife, Nancy Brooker whom he married on July 3, 2004; his mother, Marie Coffing of Mount. Vernon; sisters and brother, Lou Ann Coffing of Columbus; Connie (Bill) McMurtry and Randy (Bonnie) Coffing both of Mount Vernon; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lynn (Mike) Reynolds of Creston, Mike (Joan) Brooker of Medina and Bob (Jenny) Brooker of Marshallville and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd in 2014.

Friends may call Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at the Church of the Cross, United Methodist Church where Rev. Kris Patt will conduct services at 5:00 p.m. of Thursday.  A family burial services will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Marshallville.  Tributes may be shared at  Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Cross, 5100 Cleveland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691. 

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.


Name: Bruce Armstrong

Good man, good friend, Buckeye Guy through and through.


Name: Julie Leathers

My heart is broken.  Gary was such a wonderful Christian, great friend, and all-around nice guy. 

My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the rest of Gary's family.  May God comfort you and give you strength.



Name: Charlotte Marsh

My heart hurts that we lost such a fine man at an early age.  He was a gentleman, kind, caring, hard working and had a great sense of humor.  I enjoyed the interactions we had during our tenure at Ohio State ATI.  As a brother-in-Christ, I know where he is and hold fast to the promise that we will be with him longer than we will be without him!  My prayer is for Nancy and his entire family that God will give them the peace that passes all understanding in the months ahead.  God bless all of you.  My deepest sympathy!


Name: Kim Coffing

What a warm, loving cousin and caring soul! I will miss Gary's joy from his robust laughter and delight in the simple gift of witnessing growth, in plants and humans!
Love to Nancy and to Marie, Lou Ann, Connie, and Randy.
Love, Kim Coffing



Name: David Seitz

To Gary's family,
I met Gary in grade school in Gambier. We became great friends through high school. What a great guy with a great sense of humor. I was blessed to run into him many times over the years. What a pleasure. My deepest condolences to you all.
David Seitz


Name: Jill Byers

 I fondly remember working with Gary at Ohio State ATI. Such a nice, kind, good guy.

Nancy, I'm so sorry for your loss.


Name: Denny & Patti Blough

Thoughts & prayers are with Nancy & family. May memories be a comfort to you 



Name: Wesley Greene

I was so saddened to hear of Gary's death. Gary and I had many interactions both as friends and colleagues. Please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time.



Name: Terry Amstutz

It always saddens me to hear of such a loss.   I knew Gary back in the '90's when he still lived in Orrville.   I had lost touch over the years.  He will be missed by so many.   His family and friends are in my 


Name: Rick Kaufman

 I had the pleasure to work with Gary at Richland golf course and truly enjoyed talking with him about our Lord Jesus Christ and THE Ohio State Buckeyes. I pray that God will comfort you during this difficult time. 



Name: Steve Hughes

I very much enjoyed working with Gary when I managed the ATI dairy. Great guy to work with and enjoyed our Buckeyes together. My prayers are with your family. 



Name: Norman &Carol Stanley

Gary was a man with purpose and a creative mind. He displayed a wonderful smile and positive attitude. Gary was enjoyable to work with and left a memorable impression regarding his faith...Such a loss.....thinking and praying for Nancy and family. 




Name: Beth (Christopher) Nicol

Nancy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.










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