Abraham Diamond Coolbaugh, 77, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, March 2, 2013, at his home in Athens, surrounded by his family.
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He was born May 27, 1935, in Wyoming, a son of the late Wilbur and Mary Vandermark Coolbaugh.
He was a Korean War veteran and had earned three medals of honor.
Abe was self-employed as a painter and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Joanne, with whom he enjoyed traveling across country together and spending time with their grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wilbur, and three infant children.
He is survived by son, Robert and his wife, Teresa, with whom he resided; son, Richard and his wife, Molly; daughter, Lee Klemash and her husband, Andrew; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Emmit, John, Irvin, Jimmy and Florence.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth, with the Rev. Anita J. Ambrose officiating. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2013