Donald Fred Coleman – WHS Class 1947 – May 16, 2016
Donald Fred Coleman, 87, of Winslow, was the youngest of six children of Dennis and Laura Coleman, of Winslow. He died from complications of pneumonia, on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 3:30 p.m, in the critical care unit at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.
Don was a husband (twice), a father (three times), a grandfather (six times), a high school scholar and athlete, a coach, a teacher, a referee, an umpire, an animal lover, a church-goer, a coal miner, a handyman, a story-teller (boy, was he), a ‘driver’s ed instructor’ (he let us kids sit on his lap and steer when we were little), a craftsman, a carpenter (in his workshop, he could cobble together just about anything), a machinist, a gardner, an obedient son (in his later years), a skilled worker, a proud – and patient – daddy, a joke-teller, a lover of all things I.U., a Cubs fan, a patriot, and a staunch Republican.
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1928, his family moved to a home two miles south of Winslow when Don was still a young child. He lived the next 80-plus years within five miles of that home. He married his high school sweetheart, Iris (Arnold) in January of ‘48, and fathered the first of three children – Mark Alan – in 1950. Mitchell Kevin followed in 1955, and Marta Lynn, in 1960.
Divorced from Iris in the mid-80’s, he married Frieda (Whoberry) Crowder) two years later. They were married for more than 20 years before that marriage, too, ended in divorce.
In the five days preceeding his death, he was hospitalized with a mild pneumonia, which worsened and brought on complications, which built, one upon the other, until he was carried peacefully away, while held in the loving hands of his daughter, Marta, and his eldest son, Mark.
When death overtook him, his home calendar was dotted with upcoming appointments, important dates, and long-planned get-togethers with fond friends and loving family members who would suddenly and unexpectedly, be deprived of his company forever.
Don is survived by his sons, Mark and Mitch, his daughter, Marta Carlisano, his caretaker (and Mark’s wife) Patty, his sister, Dorothy Burnett, his second wife, Frieda, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Campbelltown. No services are planned.