Robert Thomas Coleman, 81, a resident of Summerdale for 55 years, died Wednesday, [July 2, 2003] in Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Twp.
He was born September 28, 1921 in Harrisburg, a son of the late David and Mae Hoffman Coleman.
He retired from the federal government after 37 years, having worked at Olmstead Air Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base and Army Map Service of Washington, D.C. He also worked at the Camp Hill Post Office. He was a 1939 graduate of John Harris High School. He was a First Marine Raider in World War II, serving in the South Pacific and the Solomon Islands. He became a charter member of the Patrick Milano Marine Corps League. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was a Boy Scout Leader at the Market Square Presbyterian and Summerdale Methodist Churches.
He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV); the Harris Ferry Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), where he served as President for 3 years; the Dauphin County Historical Society; the Dauphin and Halifax Historical Society and the Enola American Legion. For 10 years he was the secretary of the Enders Family Association and was an active member and past President of the First Marine Edson Raiders Association.
He was the widower of Gladys Greenabaum Coleman, who passed away in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie J. Luckenbaugh Coleman; 5 children, Robert D. Coleman, Jr., of Okemos, MI, Thomas D. Coleman of Pleasanton, CA, Janice Fristad of Leesburg, VA, Steve Luckenbaugh of Easton, PA, and Sue Jackson of Mechanicsburg, PA; a brother, Ronald Coleman of Enola, PA; a sister, Jeanne Brady of Deltona, FL; and 9 grandchildren, Sara and Jon Coleman of Okemos, MI, Jenny of Oklahoma City, OK, David Coleman of Mechanicsburg, PA, Sherry Fristad of Leesburg, VA, Kristin Jackson of Baltimore, MD, Kelly Jackson of Mechanicsburg, PA and Daniel and Lauren Luckenbaugh of Easton, PA.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, in Emmanuel Baptist Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday, in Fairview Cemetery, Enders, PA. Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday in his church.
Richardson Funeral Home, Inc., Enola, is handling the arrangements.
At the request of the family, please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 4681 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050; American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 202, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or American Kidney Foundation, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17109.