Bernard J. Coleman Jr., age 81, of Gladstone, formerly of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 27, 2010, at the Bayview Manor, where he currently resided.
Bernard was born, September 22, 1929, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Bernard Sr. and Doretha (Gelhausen) Coleman. He was a 1947 graduate of Old Central High School and was a member of the state football championship team of 1944.
Bernard continued his education, receiving his bachelor degree in education, from the University of Evansville. He went on to achieve his master degree, from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, OH, in 1969. Throughout his career, Bernard taught and coached boys high school basketball, in Michigan and Indiana, before suffering from heart problems and retiring in 1977. Bernard was a United State Air Force Veteran, serving during the Korean war, with the occupation forces in Germany. He was awarded medals of accommodation which included, the Army Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal WWII, German Occupation Medal and the National Defense Medal. Bernard was a member of the VFW Post #1114, in Evansville, the Air Force AACS Alumni Association, Air Force Sergeant