TUCSON, AZ. – Daniel Coleman, 86 (actually 21 1/2 because he was born on leap year) passed away on May 27, 2014 at the Northwest Hospital in Tucson, Arizona.
Dan was born in Marquette Michigan on February 29, 1928 to Aline Bertrand and Michael James Coleman. He was raised in Marquette and attended Bishop Baraga High School. He met Joyce in 1966 and married her only six months later on January 14, 1967. He was a very proud veteran of both the US Navy and Army, serving his country from 1945 to 1952. He earned the Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific medal. His love for the water continued and he later sailed the Great Lakes working for Inland Steel and then was employed by “Bunny Bread” for many years, finally retiring in 1990.
Dan and Joyce relocated to Tucson Arizona shortly thereafter and enjoyed many years of great friends, travel and sun. Dan was a very active member of Comanche Wells, where he resided – leading the exercise group and volunteering endless hours to assist in the ongoing and special events that took place at the park. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church where he enjoyed serving the congregation as an Usher every Saturday afternoon. He enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone, he was truly a kind hearted man. Dan coffee clutched with his fellow Veterans and was a member of the local VFW, Post 10188 in Tucson. He was also a member of Jacobs Jesters and ACES senior clubs’ in Tucson where he sported his ‘card shark’ skills in both pinochle and cribbage. He and Joyce visited Marquette often and he never missed an opportunity to get together at the ELKS BPOE 405 where he was a lifetime member. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Joyce of 47 years, sister in law and brother in law, Loyola and Jacqueline Dollar and brother in law, Ralph Hernandez and several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.