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“I am attempting to contact Larrys son, David, to give to him a very special military memento his father gave to me when we married and he retired...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Betty Coleman Greer - FL - Spouse

“Larry was a ray of sunshine when I was new to Fort Leonard Wood and volunteered at the Red Cross office. Being German and loving travel, we had a...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Rose - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

“I just saw this in the Cody paper and am so saddened. I work for the college and Larry would teach a genealogy class on occasion. I LOVED when...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Crookshanks - Cody, WY

“Larry and I became great friends during our assignment to Detachment A Berlin, Brigade in '82-'84. Larry was a great friend and mentor. I will miss...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne Searcy - FAYETTEVILLE, NC

“Thoughts and prayers are with Fran and Larry's family ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jimi Sellars - Greendale, WI

“I met Larry a long time ago in West Berlin and we remained friends and in contact ever since, whether overseas or back in the states. He was...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Stark - Rigby, ID - Friend

“As classmates of Larry we remember him as a quiet and reserved guy. Having been in the military myself, Larry's apparent forte was the Army. After...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Glenn and Judy (Schwartz) Neuweg - MO

“So sorry for my mistake. Make that Fran. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jackie Farias - Cody, WY

“The Absaroka Chapter of the Wyoming Archaeology Club of Cody, Wyoming of which Larry was a member, wishes to convey their sincere sympathy to the...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Jackie Farias - Cody, WY

“Larry will be missed. I truly enjoyed our conversations and appreciated his opinions. May he rest in peace. Semper Fi, Vince Vanata Master...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Vince Vanata - Cody, WY - Friend

“Larry, I will miss you in this life my friend. My condolences to your family and those who loved you most. Keep the fires burning and the powder...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Don Cox, LTC SF (Ret) - Tampa, FL

“There was a SPECIAL FORCES Reunion, Orlando Florida, a few years back. Larry was in attendance. Retired LTC "Mac" McLaughlin, USA, being friends...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mike McGinnis - Tampa, FL

“I took a trip to Wyoming with my family to visit Larry and Fran, my mom. We had a wonderful time visiting and touring all the sites in Cody and...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Carter - Hubertus, WI

“I met Larry and Fran at the local YMCA where he worked the "early" shift - 5:00 am to 1:00 pm. He was always up on the latest political information...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: LaDonna Nolden - Carthage, IL

“My deepest condolences from Fort Leonard Wood, MO, where our Red Cross office was lucky in 2004/05 to have Larry as a station manager. His...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Rose - Waynesville, MO

“Larry will not be soon forgotten. Meredith learned to appreciate him so much when they were down range together. It was good being able to get...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Brenda and Meredith Mitchell - IA


Lawrence Wade Coleman, 70, of Cody, Wyoming, formerly of Carthage, Illinois and West Point, Iowa passed away at 1:57 p.m., Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Spirit Mountain Hospice Facility in Cody, Wyoming.

Born Thursday, June 3, 1943 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa the son of Clyde Wade and Eileen Emma (Fraune) Coleman.

Survivors include one son David Wade Coleman of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, one grandson Michael, two sisters Patricia Ann (Ronnie) Fraise of Franklin, Iowa and Nancy Jean (Dennis) Tippey of rural West Point, Iowa, one brother, Randal Wade (Jenny) Coleman of Franklin, Iowa, his life companion Fran Pierangeli of Cody, Wyoming, two nieces, two and a half nephews and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mary (in infancy).

On July 28, 1961 he joined the United States Army on the buddy system with Bill Pranger. He was trained at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and served with the United States Army Security Agency in Helemano, Hawaii and Yong Ju Gol, South Korea. He was released from service on June 3, 1964.

He spent the next three years working at different jobs in the Southeast Iowa area and re-enlisted in the United States Army on June 15, 1967. After completing training as an infantryman and a paratrooper he was sent to South Vietnam and served with Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded on May 24, 1968 at Phan Thiet, South Vietnam and was sent back to the United States to Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas the end of June of 1968.

After medical recovery he was assigned to Company C (LRP) 58th Infantry (Airborne) at Fort Riley, Kansas. He married Stephanie Marie Gallerick of Franklin on August 27, 1968. To them a son, David Wade Coleman, was born on November 23, 1969.

Larry remained in the U. S. Army serving in Ranger – (Company B (Ranger) 75th Infantry (Airborne) and Special Forces (Green Berets) units. During his military career he attended the Department of Defense Language Institute at Monterey, California twice, once to learn the Chinese Mandarin language and then to learn the German language. He retired from the United States Army on September 30, 1987. After his retirement he moved to West Berlin, Germany where he found employment with the U.S. Forces as a Counter Intelligence Agent with the 766th Military Intelligence Detachment. He was there when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

He moved to Heidelberg, Germany in April of 1993. While there he graduated from the University of Maryland in June of 1996 with a BA degree. His major was European History and he had a split minor of Computer Studies and the Mandarin Chinese Language. He had started his course of study in 1975, so it only took him 21 years to complete a four year degree. He was employed by the University of Maryland and worked in Germany, Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia/Herzegovina. He returned to the United States in January 1998.

From April 1, 1998 to December 17th, 2009 he lived in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois at 337 North Lincoln Street. He spent his free time doing volunteer work for the Hancock County Historical Society, the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum and the Hancock County Red Cross. He worked as a coach for the Hancock County Gun Club's Youth Marksmanship Training Program for three years. It was a program that he really enjoyed. Working with the kids was a real joy for him. He presented classes on How to do German Genealogy and How to do Genealogy. He presented programs on: The Present and Former Villages and Towns of Hancock County, 16 Significant Women of Hancock County and Abraham Lincoln's Connection with Hancock County, Illinois. He was employed, part-time, by the Carthage YMCA and H&R Block.

On December 19th, 2009 he arrived in Cody, Park County, Wyoming. There he was a member of the High Plains Sportsmen, the Park County Historical Society, Cody Shooting Complex and Chapter LXXI of the Special Forces Association. He also did volunteer work at the Buffalo Bill Dam and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center where he got to meet people from all over the world.

His love of travel and photography took him to many places both within the United States and overseas. He shared many of these trips with his life companion and best friend, Frances Pierangeli. He was direct and honest. What people saw was what they got. He behaved according to his own code of honor and valued courage and honor. He did not pull any punches. He would never shoot someone in the back. At times he could be moralistic and believed he was right even in the face of evidence to the contrary. He could be stubborn and single minded. He had been described as smart, funny, compassionate, hard-working, politically on the right side, patriotic, generous, honest, a leader, trustworthy and full of blarney. With his quiet courage through his struggle he taught those around him a final lesson, the lesson of leaving with dignity, courage and grace.

Friends may call from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point, Iowa where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 3:30 p.m.. The family will meet with friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. that afternoon at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2014 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Fr. Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.

Burial with full military rites will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be made at schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com. Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.