John R Coleman, 83, of Overland Park, passed away on July 11, 2021 at his home.
He was born on June 16, 1938 to Fred and Beulah (Drybread) Coleman in Garnett, KS.
John will be remembered for his strong work ethic, keen intelligence and wicked sense of humor. John developed his strong work ethic, working with his father and brothers, on their large family farm in Garnett, KS. John graduated from Baker University, as a proud Kappa Sigma, in 1960 and began work with IBM. John continued his career with Charles F. Curry and Corinthian Mortgage serving as Executive Vice President. Three children arrived and John loved being involved in their young lives. He enjoyed taking them skiing and sledding in the winter (using a questionable homemade sled pulled behind the family car), coaching their sports teams and escorting them trick or treating.
On June 30th, 1989, he married Nancy Bea Barton (nee Sellens). Together, John and Nancy shared much love and a similar sense of humor towards life’s gifts and challenges. They enjoyed John’s hobby of hot air ballooning for multiple years, robbed the local casinos of nickels and pennies and loved dining out and seeing movies with family and friends.
John was diagnosed with MD in 2004. While this challenged his physical capacity, John’s mind stayed clear and his humor never faltered. He’d seen these types of challenges before: escaping death in a balloon accident in the 80’s, having a brain tumor eradicated in the 90’s, suffering a heart attack in the 2000’s and surviving a stint in the hospital (non-Covid related) during the height of Covid. He also continued to work, retiring in 2020 as a Tax Examiner with the IRS. Many times we thought he was a goner but he always came back, like a cat with nine lives. He was an incredibly strong man who persevered no matter the obstacle, inspiring those who loved him to do the same.
John is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, his children Carrie Beth, Robin, and John David, step-children, Kimberley, Brian and Heather and grandchildren Tanner, Gabby, Lindsey, and Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Gene and Robert.
Memorials are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, WEB PO Box 97075, Washington, DC 20090-7075.
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