Arnold John Coleman, 94, of St. James died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the United Methodist Church in St. James with Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, III officiating.
Arnold John Coleman, 94, of St. James died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System - St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the United Methodist Church in St. James with Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, III officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Arnold was born on the family farm on Jan. 2, 1923, the son of Daniel and Della (Larson) Coleman. Arnold grew up and spent most of his life on the family farm. He attended country school through the eighth grade. On Sept. 17, 1944 he was united in marriage to Elaine Engelbrecht; the couple made their home, for a year and a half on a farm just east of Arnold's family farm. They moved back to the family farm where they raised their family and continued to live. Arnold loved farming and the outdoors. He drove school bus for over 53 years and also did some truck driving for the Hunstads. Arnold enjoyed woodworking, gardening, riding motorcycle, being part of the Holiday Ramblers, being a snow bird in Mesa, Ariz. for many years where they loved to visit swap meets. He enjoyed his daily coffee group at the Hometown.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Elaine Coleman of St. James; children, Shirley (Larry) Baarson of Lisbon, N.D., Dennis (Sonja) Coleman of St. James, Bonita (Gary) Siem of St. James, Karen (Gregg) Reiter of Orlando, Fla., Debra (Michael) Sanchez of Brighton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Coleman of Truman, Victor (Marlene) Coleman of St. James; and sister-in-law, Gertrude Coleman of St. James. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Norman and Lyle; sisters, Elda and Leila.