Bobbie Lee “Bob” Coleman
Bobbie Lee “Bob” Coleman, United States Air Force (USAF Retired), age 85 passed away peacefully in his home passing from this life into heaven on February 13, 2022.
Bob was born to John William and Viola Coleman on November 13, 1936 in Fayetteville, West Virginia. He grew up there, joining the Air Force at the age of 18 after working in the coal mines with his father.
During his first assignment in California, he met and fell in love with Beverly Cleland. They were married on February 18, 1956 and spent just over 64 years together before Beverly passed away in May of 2020.
Bob served 28 years on USAF Active Duty as a Radar and Communications Operator, Recruiter, and First Sergeant. He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and flew many missions during the War during his two tours as a radar operator on a Lockheed EC-121 Surveillance aircraft. His later assignments took him and his family to California, Newfoundland, Colorado, Maine, Germany and Utah. Bob retired from Active Duty in 1982 and continued to serve the military family as a Civil Service Transition Specialist at Hill Air Force Base. Both he and Beverly retired from Hill Air Force Base in 1999.
Their retirement years were filled with adventure. They enjoyed camping with their camping club, traveling via motor home across the country, visiting family and friends along the way. Everywhere they went their dogs would go too. They loved cruising and enjoyed many trips with family and friends. In his spare time Bob loved to tinker with a variety of projects in his shed. Time with family was especially dear to Bob. He was a strong, loving, compassionate and generous man, who always put others first.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife Beverly, his siblings Earl, Clarence and Ruth and his granddaughter Christine Camp. He is survived by his sister Lois, and his four children Pamela (Richard) Camp, Raymond Coleman, Richard Coleman and Patricia (Robert) Van Drunen. His grandchildren Stephanie Camp (Scott) Rhoades, Daniel (Julia) Camp and Samantha Van Drunen. His great-grandchildren Shiloh and Skylar Rhoades and Forrest and Zuzana Camp.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you support a Veterans or animal charity of your choice. He was loved by everyone and will be dearly missed by all. There is comfort in the knowledge of God’s promise (John 3:16) that Bob has gone on to his most exciting adventure yet, reunited with Beverly and celebrating eternally with his Lord and Savior.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to The Visiting Angels and Summit Healthcare, for the support and care they provided to our Dad.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.