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Ronald Lee Coolman, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
Born Aug. 26, 1943, in Fort Wayne, 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 U.S. Marine Corps from 1964-68 during the Vietnam War.
On March 12, 1966, he married Kay I. Scott at Carlsbad, Calif. He worked at the Coil Factory, Roanoke, from 1961-64, 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 menâ€™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; two daughters, Rhonda K. (Robert) Laux of Columbia City; Kendra A. (Kalei Enterline) Freeman of Fort Wayne; son, Cayne L. (Billie Jo) Coolman of Huntington; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry (Kate) Coolman of Escondido, Calif.; Steve Coolman, Montgomery, Ill.; three half sisters, Bonnie (Carl) Geist, Barbara (Tom) Harris and Laura (Frank) Perkins all of Fort Wayne and aunt, Helen Avins of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, from 2 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gethsemane Ministries, Huntington, with Pastor Worlie Newsome, Jr. officiating.
The burial will follow at Glenwood IOOF Cemetery, Roanoke, with graveside military rites conducted by Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Gaurd.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Coolmanâ€™s memory to Disabled Veterans. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.