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06/20/2014 - John Allen Coleman

Memorial service for John Allen Coleman, was Monday June, 16 2014 at the Friends Church in Newburg, Oregon 
John Allen Coleman was born November 4, 1943, eighth of the ten
children of Ernest and Alzina Coleman. He grew up on the family potato
farm in Hay Springs, Nebraska. His early recollections are of taking the
back seat out of the family car and filling it with big 100 pound bags of
potatoes. He and his mother, would drive through the countryside,
stopping at each farmhouse where very young Johnny would go to the door
and ask, “Would you like to buy some good dry land potatoes?” So began
his career in sales.
John entered Friends Academy in Haviland, Kansas as a high school
freshman and was there through junior college (6 years total). It was
there that he became part of the popular and widely-traveled
barbershop/gospel quartet called The Kingsmen, singing bass in his deep
and clear voice.
The Kingsmen Quartet was offered full scholarship to attend George Fox
College and represent GFC in deputation, so he continued his education
there for the next two years. At GFC he met his wife, Donna Wilhite.
They were married on June 19, 1965.
John graduated from Southern Oregon College in 1966 with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Elementary Education. He spent the next six years as
teacher, vice principal, and principal in various public schools.
In 1972 John entered the real estate field as salesman and broker,
eventually owning his own company, John Coleman Realtors. After 38 years
in the real estate field, John became an insurance adjuster in 2011.
Other interests of John’s were building and remodeling houses, singing
concerts with his family, writing biographical books, documenting family
history with pictures and videos, attending gospel music concerts,
scoutmaster, and church activities. John loved to travel and has been in
every state except Hawaii. He enjoyed two trips to Alaska and a trip to
Costa Rica.
John was optimistic, friendly and outgoing. He had a gentle kindness
about him, and was full of many happy stories and light-hearted jokes.
He loved meeting old friends over coffee and making new friends. He was
always connecting with people, even up to his last moment. John Coleman died on May 25, 2014.
Immediate survivors:
Wife: Donna
Daughters: Janet and husband Adam LaMotte, Donelle Drohman, and Julie Coleman
Grandchildren: David, Jeff, Kate, John, and Anna Drohman
Sisters: Elsie Cate, Rose and husband Emerson Eckert, Annie and husband Scott Wadsworth, Ruth and husband Herb Stone
Brothers: Jim and wife Dot Coleman, Steve and wife Faith Coleman
Sisters-in-law: Marellen Coleman and Hazel Coleman
Memorial gifts may be made to Barclay College Music Department, 607
Kingman Ave, Haviland, KS 67059.

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