On Nov. 22, 2019, Jerry L. Coleman, 87, passed away at the Stillwater Medical Center. Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Dan Yankunas presiding. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater. With full military honors. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry was born to William L. and Alma (Kelly) Coleman on Feb. 5, 1932 in Kilgore, Texas. He graduated from Ardmore High School and went on to attend Oklahoma State University earning a B.S. in business administration. He made a career in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. Jerry was a decorated combat veteran having served two tours of duty in Vietnam from July 1966 to July 1967 and June 1971 to April 1972. His medals included a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Jerry was also Airborne Qualified and received the Expert Infantryman Badge.
He married Cynthia Jane Cathey on Dec. 30, 1950 in Ardmore. They had three sons, Terry L., Michael L. and Randall C. Coleman
Cynthia preceded him in death on May 12, 2012. Jerry was also preceded in death by his parents, William and Alma Coleman.
Jerry is survived by his sons, Terry, Mike and Randy. His six grandchildren, Matthew C. Coleman, Amy Coleman, Jordan Coleman, Lindsey Peak, Heather Coleman and McCall Coleman, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Karmen Legacy Hospice P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.
Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.