MOUNT CARMEL — Curtis Claude Coffee, 93, of Mount Carmel, passed away Friday, July 7, at Linda White Hospice Center in Evansville, Indiana.
Curtis was born March 4, 1924 in Mount Carmel, son of Walter and Elsie May (Spurlock) Coffee.
Curtis served as a U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. He sailed the Merchant Marine fleet carrying troops, munitions and war material to Europe, serving on troop ships where he witnessed vessels in the convoys attacked by submarines.
He was an active member of Wabash County Historical Society. His greatest joy was volunteering on board the restored WWII USS Landing Ship Tank (LST) 325. His involvement with LST 325 was his way of educating others and honoring those he served with during WW II. He was humble about his service, but sure to never leave home without wearing his WWII Veteran or LST 325 hat.
Curtis was also a touring company bus driver, member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Carmel, VFW and American Legion, and Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.
Surviving are sons Kim (Tina) Coffee of Gainesville, Florida and David (Maria) Coffee of Plant City, Florida; daughter, Claudette (Jim) Hennessy of San Diego, California; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, Loretta Molliconi of Littleton, Colorado and brother, Lindy Coffee of Evansville.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Norma Chartier.
In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes spread at sea. Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Curtis’ tribute wall and leave condolences for the Coffee family, visit www.KeepesFuneralHome.com.