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John R. Coleman

Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Avenue, Jackson, OH 45640

(p) 740-286-2010

(f) 740-286-5640

Retired Master Sergeant John R. Coleman, age 76, of Port Charlotte, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2022. John was born August 23, 1945, to the late George W. Coleman and Hazel (Miller) Coleman Coyan in Pikeville, Kentucky.

John grew up in Jackson, Ohio and graduated from Jackson High School in 1963. Shortly after graduation, John enlisted into the U.S. Air Force where he took great pride in serving his country with honor for 21 years. His military career included a variety of assignments in Germany, Taiwan, Texas, and Ohio. His job as a Training Instructor (TI) for the newly enlisted troops at Lackland AF Base, Texas provided his greatest pride and sense of satisfaction as he was dedicated to his responsibilities.

Upon retirement in 1984, John returned to Jackson with his family where he settled to enjoy extended family and country life until 1991 when he moved to Florida where he settled in Port Charlotte, Florida and again surrounded himself with family and friends.

John was an active member of The American Legion Post #110 in Port Charlotte where he served as Post Commander for a time and dedicated himself to serving the veterans of this great country. He established many friendships and built long-lasting bonds over the last several years.

He is survived by his children, Tatjana (Tim) New, Michaela (Freddie) Middleton, John (Dinah) Coleman, Kimberly (Dale) Parker, and Rhenda (Matt) Buckner; eleven grandchildren; a dear brother, George (Sandy)Coleman of Jackson, Ohio; sisters, Brenda (Roger) Exline of North Carolina, Georgia Coleman of Kentucky, Margaret Johnson of West Virginia, and Debra Coyan of Wellston, Ohio; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. His Legion family included Gail Daniels, Ron and Brenda Dorrset, Debbie Anderson, Gerri Keenan, Glenn Edmiston, and many others; and friends Larry Hankins and John Brunner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl Coleman, Doug Coleman, Anthony Coyan; sisters, Jeanne Coleman, Billye Sue Edmiston, Neva Jo Miller, Peggy Coleman, and Linda Johnson; along with a dear uncle, Bill Miller; and John’s longtime companion, Stephanie Eaton.

Funeral services will be at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home, 28 Harding Ave, Jackson, OH 45640. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 26th, 2022, from 1-2PM with funeral services immediately following at 2PM. Graveside services will be at Byer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: The American Legion Post #110, 3152 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 to help them in their goal of honoring and providing support to all our veterans.

The family would like to say a special thank you to George Coleman III and Denese Hudgins for their help, love and support during this difficult time.

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