Howard J. “Howdy” Coleman, 75, of Warren Center, PA passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 following a period of declining health. Howard was born on Oct. 8, 1937 in Sayre, a son of the late Fay A. and Olive E. Coleman. He was a graduate of the LeRaysville High School, Class of 1955. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Marines and was a life member of the VFW Post 6824, Rome. In addition, he also was a life member of the Marine Corp. League, Towanda and a life member of the LeRay Lodge No. 471, LeRaysville, Pa.
Howdy was a longtime employee of Vail Ballou and had retired following 41 years. He enjoyed watching sports, western and war movies. His greatest pleasure was being surrounded by his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with them all.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; his children, Richard and Lori Coleman, James and Peggy Coleman, Michael and Cindy Coleman; his stepchildren:
Mike, Doug, Kevin, and Sherry Welch, Daniel Foster and Shawn Williams; his brother, Brian Coleman; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy Faye and Harrison Johnson; five grandchildren, Nathan, Zachery, Courtney, Kristi and Craig; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Coleman; two stepgrandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew, numerous friends also survive. Howdy was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Dean and Gary.
Family and friends are invited to attend a period of visitation and time of sharing memories on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Funeral services and a celebration of Howard’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Neath Cemetery.
Those who wish may kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Neath Cemetery, c/o Rick Upham, 223 Upham Road, LeRaysville, PA 18829 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 in loving memory of Howard J. Coleman.