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Robert ‘Bob’ E. Coffelt

Robert E. Coffelt, 78, of Troy died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1938 in Perryville to Henry J. and Viola B (Hudson) Coffelt.

After graduating from the local school, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a military police officer and received expert rifle, sharpshooter and marksman badges. Bob received an honorable discharge from the military in 1963.

He then went on to work as an inspector at McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing), where he retired after 45 years of service.Bob was proud to have worked on numerous aerospace programs including The Liberty Bell 7. Bob was a Lifetime Member of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers. Bob and Shelia (Jett) were married at the Ridge Road Baptist Church on May 25, 1996.

They enjoyed karaoke, going to casinos, driving around in their Mustang and spending time with family and friends. Bob was a jokester who never knew a stranger. After his retirement from Boeing, he started a new career as “Parking Lot Bob”. Bob worked for the Lincoln County R-III School District in parking lot security for Troy Buchanan High School from 2002-2014. Parking Lot Bob was beloved by the faculty and students of TBHS, where he served as the “Guardian of the Parking Lot”.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife: Shelia Coffelt of Troy, five children; Craig Coffelt, Laura Corbett, Roschell M. Eaton, Gary L. Followell Jr., Kenneth Followell, five grandchildren; Jason, Devlin, Justin, Kyle and Kennedy, one great-grandson: Theodore and all his grandchildren in Texas, two sisters; Alma L. Probst and Shirley Pingle and many other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two siblings; Clara Kohlfield and William Coffelt.

Visitation was Saturday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m., at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory, Troy.

Funeral services were Saturday at 4 p.m., at McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory Troy. The Rev. Mark Spence will officiate. Full military honors will be held at funeral home.

Private burial will be held at Jefferson Barracks at a later date.

Family and Friends may sign online guest book at

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