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Born: Thu., Aug. 26, 1943
Died: Sun., Nov. 25, 2012


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 28, 2012
Location: DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Nov. 29, 2012
Location: Gethsemane Ministries

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Ronald Lee Coolman, age 69, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2012 at his home.  Born on August 26, 1943 in Fort Wayne, IN, he was the son of Donald Ray and Mary Lou (Raber) Coolman.

As a child he lived in Indiana, Arizona and California and he spent his adult lifetime in Roanoke and Whitley County areas.  He attended Columbia City Joint High School.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1968 during the Vietnam War.  On March 12, 1966 he married Kay I. Scott at Carlsbad, CA.  He worked at the Coil Factory, Roanoke, from 1961-1964, and Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Company as a tire builder and a warehouser, retiring in July of 2004.  He was a Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Gethsemane Ministries. He also attended the men's prayer group of the Brethren Church, Columbia City and Bible Study at Laud Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kay I. Coolman of Columbia City; 2 daughters, Rhonda K. (Robert) Laux of Columbia City; Kendra A. (Kalei Enterline) Freeman of Fort Wayne; son, Cayne L. (Billie Jo) Coolman of Huntington; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jerry (Kate) Coolman of Escondido, CA; Steve Coolman, Montgomery, IL; 3 half sisters, Bonnie (Carl) Geist, Barbara (Tom) Harris and Laura (Frank) Perkins all of Fort Wayne; aunt, Helen Avins of Columbia City.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 2-8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Gethsemane Ministries, Huntington, IN with Pastor Worlie Newsome, Jr. officiating.  Burial will follow at Glenwood IOOF Cemetery, Roanoke, with graveside military rites conducted by Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Coolman's memory to Disabled Veterans.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Randy Grimes
   Posted Sun November 25, 2012
May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Dennis Esposito
   Posted Mon November 26, 2012
Ron is now with his Lord, Who he loved and served so faithfully. We are all more for having known him in life and now we all have an advocate for us before the Lord. We should feel comforted in that he has gone home before us to prepare a place for us. One thing that was true for Ron was that he loved his family and now as we take our leave of him on earth, we need to know that he stands before us in Heaven.

Gary&Debra Hursey
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
Kay and the family were so sorry for your lose Ron was a very good man who will be greatly missed hold on to each other and know God in heaven is taking real good care of him now.

Pastor Don and St John Family Worship Center
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. You have been a blessing to our church, the kids always love the train.

Bob Duncan
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012

Sorry to see this. Ron and Iworked together for a lot of years at B.F.G. Were good friends old (CAR) buddies. All my prayers and sympthy.

Brenda, Michael and Heather Paynter
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He will truly be missed. He was such a joy to talk to. I will remember his smile and his upbeat feelings toward things. He always had a positive attitude. May God be with you all during this time and always. God bless..

LuAnn and Jim Davies
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
Glory be to God! One of his precious children and my brother in Chris, is by his side now. My husband and I will miss running into the smiles and warmth that Ron and his wife have always given us. He will be missed terribly by many, but just to know where this kind soul will be, makes a heart fill with gratitude! God bless his family and give you all comfort through your loss.

Patty Corbat
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
Kay and family,
There is no way for me to express my sadness at Ron's passing and my feeble attempt to extend my condolences to all of you. I just could not believe what I read. So many good times over the years at Grandpa's Covington Downs with the Red Birds. Life never seems to be fair but Ron''s faith has sustained him as I knew from his words of comfort to us at Joe's funeral. I wish I could pay my respects in person but I've failed a lot. I want you to know that I will be with you in thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around all of you.

Randy Slone
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
I was sorry to hear about Ron's passing. You all are in are thoughts and prayers.
Randy and Delilah Slone

Tiffany (Quinn) Saunders
   Posted Wed November 28, 2012
Kay & family,

So sorry for your loss. I have thought of you guys several times. If you don't remember me I use to help with my grandpa's pony rides with you guys from time to time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time of your life..
God Bless all of you!

Joyce & Jennifer
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. It has been many years since we spent time with Ronald and the family, but we have many great memories of our younger years with all of us at the home of his uncle Dale and aunt Vashti. Rest in peace Ron, in the arms of an angel.

Daniel Taylor
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
There are no words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss.
I know Ronald is in a better place and at peace.
Stay strong I will keep you in my prayers.

Brittany Laux
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
So sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers!

Dave W. Ferguson
   Posted Sun December 02, 2012
May Ronald rest in peace. We where class mats in 1962

Judy Frewer
   Posted Tue December 04, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss, Kay, Rhonda, Rob, Caine, Rachel and Brad. I will truly miss running into you without Ron.

Paula Jo Taylor (Marqueling)
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Kay and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. I know he is up there with his grandpa and with my dad and mom reminiscing about all the good times we had back at Covington Downs as well as all the other places we shared memories. He will be greatly missed. I'm sorry I could not come to town and pay my respects to you but my performance schedule here in Nashville would not allow me to get away. Please remember that my thoughts and prayers are with you and may God comfort you during this sad time.

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