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Bruce Goodson Coleman Sr.


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bruce Goodson Coleman Sr. Obituary

HUDSON - Bruce Goodson Coleman Sr. passed away on March 31, 2016. He was born on September 21, 1926 in Dayton Ohio to Thomas W. and Lyla (Goodson) Coleman. Bruce was proceeded in death by his parents and older brother, Thomas W. Coleman, Jr.

After graduating from Howe Military School in 1944 he served in World War II as an infantry platoon leader, stationed in both Japan and Korea. After his military discharge Bruce received his Bachelor's Degree from Hillsdale College. Early in his career he worked in Personnel for Chrysler Corporation in Detroit MI. In 1960 Bruce moved with his wife, Jean, and their three children to Hudson, MI. Bruce established the Coleman Foundation, a residential facility in Hudson for developmentally disabled women. They later established a similar facility for men. Bruce and Jean considered working with and advocating for the developmentally disabled as their life work. He and Jean have been active in local community affairs for many years and very much enjoyed small town life. Additionally, he and Jean have been active members of the First Congregational Church since moving to Hudson, serving in many positions at the church. Bruce had many long-term and deep friendships and he will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of a good meal with family and friends.

One of Bruce's many proud accomplishments, with his good friend Jim Findlay, is the Hudson Patriot Memorial honoring the members of the Military and other American Patriots. He was a member in good standing with 55 years of continuous membership and Meritorious Service at the Hannan-Colvin American Legion-Post #180 in Hudson. Bruce and Jean were charter members of the Hudson Dance Club. Bruce was a past member of the Lenawee County Civil War Roundtable and the Michigan Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He had an active interest in the American Civil War and he thoroughly enjoyed researching his family history and involvement in that war through his paternal great-grandfather's family tree. He worked with others in the community to restore and refurbish Civil War veterans' grave sites at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Bruce was an avid gardener and friends & family were happy to receive the fruits of his labors.

Bruce was blessed to be married to his loving wife, Jean Strange Coleman, for over 68 years. He was well loved and also survived by his three children; Claudia Wallace, Elizabeth Coleman and Bruce Coleman Jr. (Janice); seven grandchildren; Beth (Stacy), David, Alexis, Brian, Ian (Amber), Elena, and Sasha; and seven great-grandchildren; Mitchell, Chase, Bailey, Lily, Eva, Easton and Mia.

His remains have gone to the University of Michigan Medical School. A Memorial Service for Bruce will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the First Congregational Church in Hudson, with a luncheon to follow at the Hudson American Legion. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Hudson at a later date. Local arrangements were entrusted to Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to The First Congregational Church (Hudson, MI), Hannan-Colvin American Legion-Post #180 (Hudson, MI) or Hospice of Lenawee (Adrian, MI). Bruce would like to be remembered as a decent man who loved his family and a good martini.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Apr. 4, 2016
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