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Lawrence Wade Coleman

Jan 29, 2014

Lawrence Wade Coleman, 70, Cody, Wyo. and formerly of Carathage, Ill. and West Point, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the Spirit Mountain Hospice Facility in Cody, Wyo..

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. The family will meet with friends from 2 to 4 p.m. that afternoon at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Fr. Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.

Burial with full military rites will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be made at schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com. Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Born Thursday, June 3, 1943, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Ft. Madison, he was the son of Clyde Wade and Eileen Emma (Fraune) Coleman.

On July 28, 1961, he joined the United States Army. He served with the United States Army Security Agency in Helemano, Hawaii and Yong Ju Gol, South Korea. He was released from service on June 3, 1964.

He spent the next three years working at different jobs in the Southeast Iowa area and re-enlisted in the United States Army on June 15, 1967. He married Stephanie Marie Gallerick on Aug. 27, 1968.

He retired from the United States Army on Sept. 30, 1987. After his retirement he moved to West Berlin, Germany where he found employment with the U.S. Forces as a Counter Intelligence Agent with the 766th Military Intelligence Detachment. He moved to Heidelberg, Germany in April of 1993. While there he graduated from the University of Maryland in June of 1996 with a BA degree in European History and he had a split minor of Computer Studies and the Mandarin Chinese Language. He was employed by the University of Maryland and worked in Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia/Herzegovina. He returned to the United States in January 1998.

He lived in Carthage, Ill. for 11 years. He enjoyed doing volunteer work for the Hancock County Historical Society, the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum and the Hancock County Red Cross. He was employed, part-time, by the Carthage YMCA and H&R Block.

He later moved to Cody, Wyo. There he was a member of the High Plains Sportsmen, the Park County Historical Society, Cody Shooting Complex and Chapter LXXI of the Special Forces Association. He also did volunteer work at the Buffalo Bill Dam and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Survivors include one son, David Wade Coleman of Rio Rancho, N.M.; one grandson; two sisters, Patricia Ann (Ronnie) Fraise of Franklin and Nancy Jean (Dennis) Tippey of rural West Point; one brother, Randal Wade (Jenny) Coleman of Franklin; his life companion, Fran Pierangeli of Cody, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary in infancy.

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