Michael "Mike" H. Coleman

michael coleman

January 17, 1951 ~ July 7, 2022

Born in: Peoria, Illinois
Resided in: Reno, Nevada

Mike was born in Peoria, Illinois to parents Walter and Martha “Pat” Coleman. He was raised in Eugene, Oregon where he was a graduate of Churchill High Class of 1969 and graduate of the University of Oregon with a business degree in Marketing.

Mike was a high school track and decathlon champion. He loved to ski, golf, travel and had a keen interest in music and history! He possessed the most amazing intellect, memory and sense of recall. Loved it when his friends called him to get the answer to a trivia question.

Mike travelled extensively with his work in corporate retail management for many years before moving to Aptos, CA for a career in Real Estate and in Sales and Marketing. In Aptos, he met his soulmate, the love of his life, wife Judy.

They were married for 25 wonderful years and traveled the world together and with their Rotarian friends. After retirement Mike and Judy moved to Reno, NV. where they met special neighbors and friends.

Mike is survived by his wife Judy Kithcart Coleman, his Aunt Eleanor Shane, loving siblings Dr. Randall Coleman(Carol), Debbie Sittner (Fred), Sharon Clark (Dale) and brother-in-law Alan Kithcart. Mike is loving Uncle to Chris, Kevin and Doug Sittner, Crissy Coleman, Jenny Pierce and to five great nephews, many cousins and friends. He was also lifelong friends with Paul Bennett, Ron Schacher (Heidi), Greg Schacher (Shirley) and their families.
Mike sends to each of you who knew him a fond smile with his bright azure blue eyes sparkling. He knew he was loved and loved you right back with his whole heart. He sends farewell for now! Think of him with laughter and happy memories shared!

A celebration of life will be held the weekend of September 24-25 in Reno, NV.

Memories of Mike can be shared online in his “family album” located at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels website: https://www.bergepappassmith.com/obits/michael-mike-h-coleman/


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  1. CandleMike was my best friend, my soulmate and the light of my life! I was so blessed to have 28 incredible years with this special, kind and giving man.
    I will love you forever sweetheart!
    Your Judy

  2. CandleWe will always remember Mike’s amazing spirit and positive outlook. His was truly a life well lived. He was an inspiration to all who had the good fortune to know him. Rest peacefully. Cousins-in law, Ed and Randy

  3. CandleMet Mike later in his life through Rotarians and will always remember his warm smile, kindness, wit, and remarkable love story of recovery and life with Judy. An inspiration to all! Rest In Peace my friend!!

  4. CandleMike and Greg went to high school together with lots of good memories. Later Mike honored Shirley and I by becoming an ordained minister and pastor Mike married us. He was a true friend, we will miss him, but always have him in our hearts. His love Judy is our close friend for life.

  5. CandleJudy~
    The time we spent together in Westwood was all to brief. Listening to you talk about Mike gave us the feeling as if we knew him. He most of been a wonderful man to have someone as caring & loving as you. We are looking forward to our paths crossing again.

  6. Dear Judy,

    How deeply blessed you both were to have spent twenty-five blissful years together.

    Your devotion to Mike was testimony to this ideal pairing.

    My most sincere condolences.

    In support,

  7. Mike was the brother I never had. I have no words to express how much I will miss him. We could say a couple words to each other and we both would smile because we both knew what we were thinking. I know we will see each other again. Until that day! I love you Bro!

  8. I can’t imagine anyone fighting harder to survive than Mike did or anyone fighting harder to help him survive than you did, Judy. He ended up with several good years he wouldn’t have had without you. We are glad we got to know you both.

  9. CandleThere is another Angel in this World but this Angel broke a lot of hearts getting his wings. I felt like Mike was Kindred Spirit. He was intelligent, loving, kind and funny. I believe we were connected for a multitude of reasons and one is to continue the friendship with Judy and enjoy the “Happy Home” they created. I will always think of Mike when people tell me certain things cannot be done; they can, and he and Judy got to experience a lot of miracles for the time they did get to share together. I’ll continue to love them both. My Life is forever changed by getting to know Mike and Judy. I feel Blessed our lives crossed. 💞✨💫

  10. CandleJudy, we are so sorry for your loss. You were the ultimate advocate for Mike during his health challenges these past several years, and he loved and appreciated you even more (if that’s even possible) because of your unrelenting dedication to him. Jane and I will always have the fondest memories
    of our time with you two. On the bright side, to this day I can still feel how sore my stomach got from laughing at Mike’s wit while playing cards with you two or even on the slopes skiing. Mike was just a wonderful human being and we will all miss him so very much. Big hugs to you Judy. With much love, Ron and Jane

  11. It was a joy to have Mike and Judy as our next door neighbors. Mike was gracious and kind. It was an honor to have known him.

  12. we have many fond memories of Mike, including spending time with him on a trip to the Greek islands and Croatia, and with Niles Rotary events. Mike’s attitude and spirit were amazing. Love to Judy as she cherishes the memories of Mike.

  13. CandleMy memories of Mike Coleman will always start with a smile on his face that radiated love. His joy for life and friendship taught us all to spread happiness. Mike was a gentleman and a class act with a great sense of humor. My husband, Mark Holcomb, adored Mike. They’re up in heaven looking down on us and sending strength wrapped in smiles.
    God Bless you Mike. You’re a beautiful soul. I’ll miss you. Until then keep sending your sweet soulmate, Judy, your joyful memories and blessings.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Kay Holcomb

  14. CandleI will always remember my Uncle Mike’s wit, his kind heart, how he doted on his wife, Judy, and the twinkle in his eye. I don’t think I ever saw him upset – always positive, always smiling. A memory I cherish is when he would take time out of his busy schedule to come to my swim meets. He was always so proud of me, even if I didn’t swim my best. I’ll never forget his support, and I will always cherish my memories with him. I love you, Uncle Mike. Forever & ever. Till we meet again.

  15. CandleUncle Mike – his soul is so special. His warm smile, hilariously dry yet honest sense of humor will always fill my heart with happiness and love. He taught me to drive a stick – entrusting me at 16 with his slick white thunderbird. He taught me how to be a better person. He always knew (knows) how to lift someone up whether when he was here physically or just now making me smile while I write this note. He is eternal. He is love. Hi Uncle Mike – Thank you again! Always connected – Nick

  16. CandleIt is so difficult to express the amount of love and admiration Ron and I, and our children had for Mike, (Uncle Mike). He was always the perfect gentleman, generous, kind, and had the best smile. His wit was unparalleled, and he could always add that one liner to any conversation that would make us laugh.
    We feel so blessed to have had such a special and close relationship with you, Mike. You enriched our lives so
    much. We have so many wonderful
    memories to keep in our hearts. You are forever with us.
    Judy, please know that our hearts and love are with you, and we hope you know that we are always there for you. We thank you for your devotion, love, and commitment to our Mike. You are one of the strongest women I know, and we love you. We pray for you as we know you have temporarily lost your soulmate, but I know he will always be with you, still loving you. RIP Mike. Uncle Mike, dear friend.

  17. So sorry to read of Mike’s passing. So sad. He was a wonderful person I feel blessed to have known

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