Michael Coffey

11/12/1945 — 08/05/2023

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Chicago, IL

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Celebration Of Life

Sat, September 23, 2023, 1:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

Michael Coffey

Michael “Mike” Lee Coffey was called to heaven to receive his “Motorcycle Wings” on August 5, 2023.  He was born on November 12, 1945, in Chicago, IL to John and Lelia (nee Collier) Coffey.  He was the youngest of six children.

When he was 8 years old, he made the move to Inglewood, CA with his parents and two of his siblings.  His parents owned a hardware store, and they lived above the store.  He learned how to use his hands and fix things.  Of course, he was also known for being that “little brother” that got away with anything.  Mike graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1965. He met the love of his life, Sheila, when he was 26 years old.

Mike and Sheila married in 1974 and in 1978 they made the move to Kennewick, WA.  He was a carpenter by trade and worked various jobs through the carpenter hall.  Mike and Sheila welcomed their only child, Melanie, in 1981.  In 1984, the three of them moved to San Luis Obispo, CA so they could work at Diablo Canyon.  Upon their return to Kennewick, Mike was hired full-time at Battelle/PNNL.  During his 26 years at Battelle/PNNL, he held various positions including carpenter, locksmith, and Maintenance Manager.  Some of Mike’s hobbies included motorcycles (started riding at the age of 14), flying airplanes including aerial acrobatics, water skiing, fishing, and fixing or building things.  He also loved to tell stories, especially ones that took advantage of his wife and daughter’s gullibility.  He always wanted others to be happy and smile.

Mike was a reliable and honest man.  He cared and loved his family including his many German Shepherds over the years.  If you needed something to be built or wanted an adrenaline rush (airplane or motorcycle ride), Mike was your guy.

Mike was preceded in death by his brothers John (the late Helen and Joan) Coffey of Carlsbad, CA, and Patrick (Lola) Coffey of Marana, AZ, his sisters Amarylis (the late Orville) Poor of Peoria, IL, Fayette (the late John) Considine of Crest Hill, IL, and Janice (Bob) Austin of Fallon, NV.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 49 years, Sheila (Dodd) Coffey of Pasco, WA; daughter Melanie (Jesse) Billingsley of Kennewick, WA; grandson James, and German shepherd Ivy.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Einans Event Center (Events At Sunset) 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland WA 99352.

The Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2023, starting at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to your favorite non-profit organization or flowers can be sent to Einans Funeral Home – Attention: Event Center

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  • I’m sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great friend and Mentor. He chose me to follow him into the locksmith position at Battelle Northwest when he moved up into management. It was the best job and he helped me a lot. We rode motorcycles together on several occasions. He will be missed.

    William E Eberhart
    September 20, 2023
    Kennewick WA.
  • I’m so sorry when I heard of Mike’s passing. I worked closely with Mike and always learned something. We became good friends, taking several motorcycle trips together. He will surely be missed.

    Ray Sadesky
    September 12, 2023
    Pasco, WA
  • I was saddened to learn this morning that my old friend, Mike Coffey, had passed away. What a loss. I had the privilege of knowing and working with him at PNNL. We worked in different departments but nevertheless became good friends. After our retirements (25 years for me) we still kept in touch, shared emails, flew together and shared photos. He was a friend and a good man. The Good Lord, I’m sure, has welcomed him into his arms with a deep love for his good works. Our love, condolences and best wishes go out to his family from our family.

    Hipolito Velez
    September 12, 2023
  • Dear Sheila, Melanie, and family,
    We have scheduled to be at Mike’s celebration of life as noted. We miss you Mike and always will. Godspeed my dear friend.

    John D.Csaftis
    September 11, 2023
  • So sorry to hear of mikss passing, always enjoyed working with him and for him a very fair and honorable friend he went above and beyond to help if he could, I had the pleasure of working with and grateful conversations and most of all his good humor
    Rest in peace 🙏 my friend

    David Goiri
    September 10, 2023
  • I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, dad, and grandpa. I had the privilege of working with Mike at PNNL, he taught me much, and shared how much he loved and adored his family.

    Laura Fuher
    September 2, 2023
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