Harold John Coleman (1919 - 2013)

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Harold John Coleman, a long time resident of over 60 years in Bartlesville, OK died Wednesday night April 24, 2013 at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK. Harold has been a resident of Oklahoma City since 2008, currently residing at Emerald Square Assisted Living Center.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 in the Walker-Brown Chapel with Reverend Tom Cox officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Rites presented by American Legion Post #105 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Harold was born in a log cabin on December 29, 1919 in Houston, Missouri to Virgil Allen and Laura Shoemake Coleman. He graduated from Emporia (Kansas) High School in 1937 and from the College of Emporia in 1941. Harold then completed his graduate studies in Oklahoma University and joined the Bureau of Mines Department of Interior in Bartlesville, OK. He joined the Navy in May of 1944 and was sent to Chicago where he met his wife, Elsie Nell Redden, in 1945. He and his wife, Elsie, moved back to Bartlesville in 1946 with their newborn son, Paul Eugene Coleman. Harold and Elsie had two more children, Kenneth John, born in 1949 and Cathy Sue, born in 1957. After the passing of his first wife, Harold met his second wife, Viola McClelland at Emerald Square and was married in September 2011.
Harold was employed by the Bureau of Mines for 34 years. After retiring, he remained very active. Harold started Coleman Energy Enterprises in 1980 and Coleman Investments in 1987. In 1987 - 1991 he served on the Supervisory Committee for the W.G.G.E. Federal Credit Union. Harold received his Realtor's license in 1988 and enjoyed that new career for 16 years.
Harold was very civic minded and loved his town. He served on the Bartlesville School Board for 16 years. One of the offices he held on the board was that of president.
He served as Associate Director and the President of the Oklahoma State School Board. Harold was also involved in the Lion's Club {Limestone}, American Legion, and the Washington County Realtor's Association.
Harold loved his church, First Baptist Church. There he served as a deacon, Jr. Dept. Sunday School teacher, and choir member. Harold served in the # 11 Boy Scout Troop sponsored by First Baptist. He was an assistant Scout Master and committee member.
Harold enjoyed several hobbies in which he was very involved. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, camping, stamp and coin collecting, and piloting.
Harold was know for his adventurous family vacations which took his family all over the United States and parts of Canada and Mexico. He wanted his children to see the U.S. and they did and its many campgrounds.
Harold is survived by his second wife, Viola Coleman; his son Kenneth and wife Lynda of Bethany, Oklahoma; his daughter, Cathy Fox and husband Philip of Hume, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Judy Coleman of Edmond, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren: John Coleman and wife, Sara; Emily Coleman, Lori Fox, Eric Fox and wife, Jessica; Alicia Fox, Elicia Brandt and husband, Phil; Nick Burleson, Stacey Culter, and 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Laura Coleman; his brother, Leland Coleman; his first wife, Elsie Coleman; and his son Paul E. Coleman.
Funeral Home
Walker-Brown Funeral Home
4201 Southeast Nowata Road Bartlesville, OK 74006
918-333-7665
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 28 to May 27, 2013
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