Obituary of Gerald Joseph Coleman
Age 77, of Davison, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022, at home with his family by his side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Morris. Rev. Fr. Roy Horning to officiate, with burial to follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Gerald’s family will be present to receive friends from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, at Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris. At 7:00 pm, family friends, and parish will gather to pray the Rosary. On Wednesday morning, Gerald will be taken to church to lie in state from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be directed to The American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or church. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Gerald’s tribute page at martinfuneralhome.com.
Gerald was born in Flint, on March 23, 1945, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Julia (Marek) Coleman. Educated locally, Gerald graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School with the class of 1963. He then went on to GMI for 4 years. Gerald met and married the love of his life, Carol Young, on May 5, 1967. Sadly, she preceded him in death on August 23, 2005. Gerald worked in Quality Control for General Motors until his retirement on November 1, 2004. Gerald was drafted into the United States Army, where he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Gerald was an avid hunter and never missed an opportunity to attend deer camp in Mesick, which he had been attending for over 40 years. He enjoyed watching his children race BMX bikes and was a proud volunteer for the BMX association for the last 15 years. Watching NASCAR and attending car shows like Back to the Bricks and the Sloan Museum were just some of the things he enjoyed. He was a John Deere tractor enthusiast as well. He loved to be outside looking at trees and the beautiful birds all around him. But most of all, Gerald loved his grandchildren and never missed one of their sporting events. He will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish Gerald’s memory are his children: Tena Coleman and significant other, George, Matt and wife, Jolie Coleman, Timberly and husband, Jon Cornell, Mike Coleman and significant other, Lindsay Crawford; grandchildren: Tyler, Abby, Josh, Abbie, Matthew, Joshua, Mariah, Mailey; great-grandchildren: Harper, Cam, Ava; siblings: Dave and wife, Cathy Coleman, John and wife, Jessica Coleman, Mary Ann and husband, Jorge Lecea; best friends: Mike Jerky and Jack Smith and many other friends including his hunting friends; several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of 38 years, nephew, Gary Coleman; in-laws: Phyllis and Hilton Young.