Mr. Abraham Diamond Coolbaugh, age 77, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning at his home in Athens, Pa., surrounded by his family.
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 Friday at 11 a.m. at the William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth, with the Rev. Anita J. Ambrose officiating. Friends may call Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Memorial donations may be sent to the
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 5, 2013