Ronald Lee Coolman, 69, of Columbia City, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at 6:10 p.m. at his home.
Mr. Coolman, a former resident of the Roanoke area, attended Columbia City Joint High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Coil Factory, Roanoke, from 1961 to 1964 and later worked at the Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company as a tire builder and warehouser, retiring in 2004.
He was a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Gethsemane Ministries, Huntington. He attended the men's prayer group of the Brethren Church, Columbia City, and Bible study at Laud Christian Church.
He was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Fort Wayne to Donald Ray and Mary Lou Raber Coolman. He married Kay I. Scott on March 12, 1966, in Carlsbad, CA. His wife survives.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Rhonda K. (Robert) Laux, of Columbia City, and Kendra A. Freeman, of Fort Wayne; a son, Cayne L. (Billie Jo) Coolman, of Huntington; two brothers, Jerry (Kate) Coolman, of Escondido, CA, and Steve Coolman, of Montgomery, IL; three half-sisters, Bonnie (Carl) Geist, Barbara (Tom) Harris and Laura (Frank) Perkins, all of Fort Wayne; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Calling is Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. A service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Gethsemane Ministries, Huntington, with Rev. Worlie Newsome Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke, with military rites by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.
Preferred memorials are gifts to Disabled American Veterans.