October 12, 1942 - July 21, 2018

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Thursday, July 26, 2018 11:00 AM Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home


Visitation Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Freshwater, McDonald & Vernon

Gene Coleman, 75, of North Lewisburg, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Memorial Hospital, Marysville.

He was born October 12, 1942 in Urbana, the son of the late Edwin Eugene and Alice Amelin (Armstrong) Coleman. He attended Triad High School. Growing up Gene would work from dawn to dusk working for farmers, Grauman Garage, Scott's and Miller Excavating. His love for excavating led to him helping his brother Don and later starting Coleman Excavating. He retired from Pioneer Rural Electric where he served as a Lineman. Gene was a North Lewisburg Council member for 21 years, served over 25 years with the Northeast Champaign County Fire District where for the last few years was the Assistant Fire Chief, as well as he served as Caretaker for Maple Grove Cemetery and Woodstock Cemetery for several years.

Gene is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth E. (Grauman) Coleman, his daughters, Stacey Ann (Kevin) Neer and Cindy Ann ( Jerry ) Harlan; his 4 grandchildren, Betsy Neer, Maggie Neer, Briley Harlan and Allison Harlan; his sister-in-laws, Phyllis Coleman and Linda (Terry) Jones; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don Coleman and Richard "Rick" Coleman; father and mother in law, Lionel and Kathryn Grauman; brother in laws, Gary and Jack Grauman; and sister in law, Jane Grauman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 in the FRESHWATER, MCDONDALD & VERNON Funeral Home, North Lewisburg, with Pastor Karen Montgomery officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Northeast Champaign County Fire District at 60 Maple St, North Lewisburg, OH 43060 for the many years that he served and they helped him.

Many thanks to the Sunday morning social group at Gallop Farm, for watching out for Gene over the years, as well as their friendship.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Gregg & Cyn Tehan Marsh - Jul 27, 2018
Stacey and family, We hope you find peace and comfort from your wonderful memories of your loved one.
Lynn White - Jul 23, 2018
Dear Ruth, Stacey, Cindy and the rest of the family, So sorry to hear about Gene. I've lost track of people since moving from North Lewisburg, and didn't know until I read it in the newspaper. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Lynn White
Ralph L Coleman Jr - Jul 23, 2018
My heart goes out to Ruth and her daughters at this most sorrowful time. Please accept my sincere condolences. Best wishes to you all from this Florida cousin.
Rick and Theresa Louden - Jul 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you...so sorry for your loss.
Faye Swiger - Jul 23, 2018
So sorry Ruth and girls. Thinking of you and your family . Love you-- Faye

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