Kenneth Wayne Coleman, 91, of rural Waveland passed away Friday, July 13, 2018, at Clinton Gardens, Clinton, with family by his side. He was born September 29, 1926 at home in Greene Township in Parke County. He was the son of Ray and Myrtle Coleman.
He was a graduate of Greene Township High School and Canterbury College in Danville, Indiana, where he majored in education. Kenny was a founding member of the Waveland Covenant United Methodist Church where he served many years as Lay Leader, choir member, and special vocal soloist. He was an accomplished vocalist and loved to entertain accompanied by his wife, Judy, to whom he had been married nearly 69 years at the time of her death in 2016. Kenny enjoyed farming and raising registered Angus cattle for many years. In 1984, he devoted the next 28 years of his life to serving as a Victims Advocate and Crisis Responder. He provided critical and compassionate support and counseling to countless crime victims and disaster survivers in Parke County and across the nation, including the Oklahoma City Bombing and mass school shootings in Kentucky and Oregon. In May of this year, Kenny was recognized by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) as the inaugural recipient of the Kenneth Coleman Lifetime Achievement Award.
Survivors include; two daughters, Sylvia (John) Green and Betsy (Joe) Newton, of Waveland; son Rick (Patty) Coleman of San Antonio, TX; three grandchildren, Matt (Jennifer) Green, Nancy (Tim) Coleman, and Eric (Hanna) Newton; and one great grandson Greyson Coleman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister, and his wife, Judy.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 E. Green Street, Waveland, Indiana 47989, with Pastor William Pike officiating. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Kenny’s memory may be made to the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).