WILLIAMSBURG - Russell Thomas Coleman was born May 9, 1945 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Evangeline (Smith) Coleman. He graduated from Coggon High School in 1963, and later graduated from Loras College in Dubuque. He served in the United States Army for 2 years and did 1 tour in Vietnam . On November 18, 1978 Russell was united in marriage to Catherine Titel in Cedar Rapids. They have lived in the Williamsburg community since 1979. He worked for Iowa Workforce for 30 years and retired at age 55. Russell was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and baseball card collector. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, bowling, and playing cards. Russell passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 73 years.
Russell is survived by his wife Catherine; a daughter, Shannon (Wayne) Gooden of Moravia; 2 granddaughters, Katy and Madalyn Gooden; a sister-in-law Rosemary Coleman of Cedar Rapids; 2 nephews, Duane Coleman of St. Louis, MO, Michael Coleman of Cedar Rapids; 2 nieces, Theresa Thompson of Van Horne, Laura Coleman Henderson of Cedar Rapids, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald Coleman.
A Prayer Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg followed by visitation until 7:00 PM. A private family service will be held later. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Coggon with military rites. A memorial fund has been established for Camp Courageous.
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Russ was a very good friend. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy and family. Mike and Nancy Marienau
Sorry to hear of Russ's passing. Knew Russ well in college and we ran across each other in Cedar Rapids but hadn't seen him for quite awhile. Sympathy to the family.
So very sorry to hear about Russ. Joe Haessig introduced me to Russ several years ago while fishing at Russ's pond. We became friends from then on and met at Joe's for sweetcorn and putting up the electric fence. In the winter we would ice fish and Russ would always want to know how our luck was. Russ was a good man and we thank him for his military service. Our prayers go out to his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and so very sorry for your loss.
Russ "Benny" Coleman. We both came from Coleman's Corner and Coggon. Our parents were very good friends. We were altar boys together. Russ graduated a year ahead of me. Always enjoyed a good Irish visit with Russ. Russ was a dedicated person to family and friends. His family will miss him as we will. God bless and pave the road for rest of us.
Russell was a classmate at Coggon. Our whole class us saddened by his passing.
May God give you peace at this difficult time.
Diane Pillard Hamos
My prayersh to all family and friends. Russ was one of my favorite people. He always made me laugh!
I worked 29 years with the State of Iowa and Job Service which later became Iowa Workforce Development, I knew Russ and Cathy and Shannon for most of those 29 years,,,,Russell was the Best Manager I ever worked for and with,,,,Honest, Fair and Caring,,,and a Good Fun Loving Friend,,,God Bless You Russ and Cathy and Shannon....
Russ was such a wonderful friend and what great memories we have of the trips we took with him and Cathy. He always wanted to put on the gruff ole bear act but we knew he had a heart of gold that he just couldn't hide. Jack and Sandy DeMeyer
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