Carlton Eugene Coffey, 73, of Arcadia Township, passed away on September 24, 2022.
He was born on May 1, 1949 in Brown City, MI, in Sanilac County. He was the son of Richard Howton Coffey and Gladys Marie (Stephenson) Coffey.
Carlton grew up on his parents’ dairy farm in Arcadia Township where he began milking cows at the age of six. He attended Arkdale School, a one room schoolhouse; Dryden High School; and Imlay City High School, graduating in 1967. He married Andrea Christine Luczynski on July 28, 1984 at West Goodland United Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army 4th Division Infantry in the Republic of Vietnam as an Indirect Fire Infantryman, or Mortar man, and was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for service while actively engaged in ground combat, Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Carlton began his 54-year radio career informing and entertaining listeners in 1967 at 103.1 WTHM-FM in Lapeer, MI, reading the news, weather, farm report and obituaries. He was an on-air radio personality in Detroit, MI, at 101.1 WRIF-FM for 13 1/2 years, programming and hosting “The Riff Rock Cafe,” and at 94.7 WCSX-FM for eight years hosting “Your Afternoon Coffey Break.”
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; brothers, John Coffey of Manchester, MI, Wayne Coffey of Margate, FL, and Roger (Jeanette) Coffey of Attica, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Gladys Coffey; a brother, James Thomas Coffey; and infant twin sisters.
The funeral service was held Monday, October 3, 2022 at Goodland Community Church, 2008 N. Van Dyke Rd., Imlay City, MI 48444. Pastor Ken Tison, pastor of Goodland Community Church officiated.
Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.
Please be sure to sign the online register at www.muirbrothersfh.com to share condolences and memories with the Coffey family.