Coleman, Jr.

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O.F. Coleman, Jr.

Aug 11 1925 - Apr 07 2010

Onnie Fitcher Coleman, Jr., known as O.F., passed into the arms of Our Lord and Savior April 7, 2010, at age 84. O.F. was born in Lynchburg, Virginia to Onnie F. Coleman, Sr., and Betty Ann Callahan on August 11, 1925. During World War II at age 18 he left high school to enlist in the U. S. Marines on October 15, 1943. After training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, O.F. was assigned to the 1st Marine Division. He participated in the first wave invasion on the Island of Peleliu, where 70% of his platoon was killed or wounded, him being one of the 7 who survived. He also saw combat at Okinawa and later helped liberate the Chinese at Tientsin, China. O.F. was honorably discharged from the Marines on March 4, 1946. He then completed high school and joined Appalachian Power Company in Virginia which later became part of American Electric Power (AEP), resulting in O.F. and family moving to Columbus, Ohio where he worked until retiring. His career as an electric power coordinator spanned 43 years. During these years, he became a pilot, an avocation he dearly loved. After retiring he moved to Plano, Texas to be near his children and grandchildren. O.F. led an active, productive retirement. He was a skilled craftsman refinishing furniture and repairing all manner of machinery. He loved gardening and cooking, supplying his family with produce and delicious meals. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, the beach and travel. O.F. admired John Wayne and the values portrayed in “The Duke’s” movie rolls. O.F. exemplified these values in his own life - duty, honor, country, hard work, grit, compassion, generosity, courage, and respect for all. Recently, O.F. attended a book signing for R.V. Burgin author of “Islands of the Damned” which highlights the invasion of Peleliu. O.F. told the author, “finally after 61 years, thank you for telling our story”. When his part in that battle was acknowledged by Mr. Burgin, many of the attendees solicited O.F.’s autograph and recollections. O.F. is survived by two sons, Ken Coleman and David Coleman; daughter, Carol Park Weynand, son-in-law, Tony Weynand; niece and nephew, Dale and Ronnie Clark; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 11, 2010, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Chaplain Robert Matthews officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.
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