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DeVerne Coleman

July 20, 1928 - February 10, 2020
Frankfort, MI


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DeVerne A. Coleman 91, of Frankfort, Michigan, passed on Monday, February 10, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mr. Coleman was born July 20, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Clarence and Hazel (Boardman) Coleman. From 1952 to 1955 he served in the US Navy obtaining rank of LTJG and awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nations Medal.

He married Frances L. (Johnson) Coleman, from Rochelle, Illinois, his wife of 68 years

With a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois and a Master’s from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana he taught choral music at the high schools in Naperville, Illinois. He went into administration in the same school district eventually becoming principal of Naperville North High School then returning to teaching choir there before retirement.

At Wesley United Methodist Church in Naperville he led the chancel choir and the bell choir. His wife, Frances, was organist and accompanied at Wesley UMC, as well, where they worked together for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife Frances Coleman, his son Mark Coleman, daughter-in-law, Barbara Stanford, son-in-law Sean McCormick and grandchildren Miles and Jia Coleman. He was preceded in death by his son Kent Coleman and his brothers Cal Coleman and James Coleman.

Those wishing to honor his memory can give to The Frankfort United Methodist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 1010, Frankfort MI 49635.