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Gary E. Coleman, of rural Braham, formerly of New Brighton, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at his home.  He was 65 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Mission Covenant Cemetery in Braham.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MEMORIAL TO: Scriptures for America (www.scripturesforamerica.org/donations)

Gary Earle Coleman, of Braham, Minnesota, formally of New Brighton, MN, unexpectedly passed into the Loving Arms of Jesus at home on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the age of 65.

Gary was born Nov 3, 1950 in Minneapolis, MN to Kenneth and Linnea (Anderson) Coleman.  He grew up in New Brighton, the fourth of six siblings, and graduated from Mounds View High School. After high school he attended Pine City Vo Tech.

On November 10, 1979 he married Patricia (Dintzner) Coleman in West St. Paul, MN. Gary and Pat moved to Braham in 1980 and raised their three children in the home where they currently reside. He worked as a welder/machinist at several shops and lastly for Johnson Screens of New Brighton for 25 years.

Gary’s passions were his family, friends and his faith in God. He was an active member in the Scriptures for America church where he had many published articles. He was a self-proclaimed evangelist and spread his love of God and worldly beliefs to anyone he met. He loved anything mechanical, especially fixing cars, was a collector of everything and spent his weekends attending swap meets and gun shows. Gary was known for his gift of gab, his big smile, and dry sense of humor. He loved being a grandpa and often vocalized how much joy his grandchildren brought him. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Larry.

Gary is survived by his wife Patricia; son Russell (Julie) and grandson Wyatt Coleman of Braham, MN; daughter Kate (Kevin Reiser) and granddaughters Olivia and Harper Reiser of Louisville, KY;  daughter Rachel (Greg Haubrich) and grandson Dylan Haubrich of Olivia, MN; brother Wayne (Mariela) of Lynnwood, WA; brother Tyson of Seatle, WA; and brother Gene (Kathy) of Standwood, WA; many other relatives and friends.

12 thoughts on “GARY E. COLEMAN”

  1. Gary was a great Man. I really enjoyed our talks and his emails. He was a blessing to this family and will be missed very much. I pray our heavenly father be with his family through these times.

  2. I had the opportunity to meet Gary in Branson, Missouri this past June and through the healing the Lord Jesus Christ gave me after I was prayed over, I also was blest by talking to and fellowshipping with him there at the solemn assembly.

  3. I will dearly miss Gary. He is one of the best friends I have. I considered him to be my second dad. If I could touch just one life before I leave this world like Gary touched mine, I would be happy. I love u, Gary. I look forward to seeing u when my time comes.

  4. I met Gary in 2000 while working at Johnson Screens. He was a skilled mechanic and craftsman and always gave his best effort. From our frequent “engineering clarification meetings”, we discovered mutual interests in old engines, tractors, machinery, motorcycles, weapons and survival strategies including one or two iterations of the “Possum Van”. It was always a treat to see Gary at a farm auction or other collections of good stuff. I am going to miss his insights and opinions on the endless supply of arcane subjects where he had unique insight and experience. Surprisingly it was not difficult to pry a comment or opinion from Gary. To be sure, much time was certainly consumed discussing “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” along with the merits and treasures of this world.
    There was another level to Gary, he spoke many times about what comes next and how he hoped that he and those close to him were prepared. He had clear beliefs which he would share from time to time. He spoke from his heart in a way that allowed for your consideration without being judged or criticized. I will remember him for his gift of persuasion.
    Gary’s warm smile, ready handshake and humor will be missed by his many friends. I can see him looking down as guardian of his family with a big grin and the knowledge he did his best to be, above all, a family man. God Bless.

  5. Gary is a true blessing to my family. Often I’ve been thankful he is my Marlen’s best friend. Many good things in our lives have involved Gary – from he and Pat standing up for us when we got married, to Marlen, Becky and I being baptized by immersion. We love Gary like he is part of our family. Marlen considered him to be his brother and is no doubt happy to be with his best buddy again. We treasure Gary’s friendship and always will. I’m really going to miss you my friend.

  6. Hearing of Gary’s passing just not even 10 minutes ago brought shock and heartache to my wife and myself, but after reading these other comments, we were reminded of Gary’s deep love for our Lord, and we are comforted knowing that this hard-working, fun-loving, humorous man is now at home with Jesus Christ…what a reward! Still, it has been around 1-2 months since I last saw and spoke with Gary, and I will truly miss our discussions and seeing him at some of the local flea markets and swap meets, and imbibing on his extreme intelligence…thank you Gary for blessing our lives and for spreading the gospel!

  7. Our family was so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Pat and your family. Love from the Rasches

  8. Pat and Family,

    My deepest sympathy in the passing of Gary. I had several conversations with him regarding our views on world affairs throughout the years. He was a very sincere person with a beautiful concern for other’s. Love and hugs to the family.

  9. To the Coleman Family,
    May your faith give you courage and may God’s infinite love give you strength through this difficult time. We appreciate the support and participation of your family in the music programs throughout the years. Sending loving thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  10. We will see you again my friend. I’ll miss getting lost in Missouri and nearly running out of gas while traveling to the Branson Gathering, together. Hey that Iowa road map we got at that rest stop doesn’t work in Minnesota either.

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