Richard Coyne, 73

Teacher, Peace Corp volunteer

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Richard William Coyne, 73, of Glendale, Arizona and a former Oak Park resident, died on April 5, 2018. Born on July 20, 1944 in Joliet to the late Francis Joseph and Shirley Darlene Coyne, he was a teacher for life who loved history, traveling, and volunteering. Graduating with honors from the University of Illinois-Urbana where he received his B.S. in chemical engineering, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching mathematics and general science at a Teacher Training College in Ghana. 

Upon his return to the states, he taught high school math at Simpson Academy for Young Girls in Chicago, spent 20 years of a marketing and sales career at AG Communication Systems, and then joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 2002 where he taught undergraduate coursework in calculus, finite mathematics, and math for business analysis. 

Richard Coyne is survived by his sons, Brian Richard Coyne and Daryl Francis Coyne; and his siblings, Joseph Francis Coyne, Dale Patrick Coyne, Jeanette Gaffey, Helen Coyne Curd and Jean Marie Krafft. He is preceded in death by his wife Ellouise Coyne (nee Murphy) and his parents. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service, 12 p.m., at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, followed by burial at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Richard's name to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA):

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