Kenneth Wayne Coleman


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).

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  • Jeannette M. Adkins

    Dear Sylvia, Betsy, Rick and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Loved Kenny (and Judy) so much and was so proud to have served NOVA with him. Also very happy to have met John with all of you and am so very sorry for your loss. May all of your wonderful memories keep them nestled in your hearts forever more.

    Love,
    Jeannette & Mark (Adkins)

  • James L Haverstock

    I was privileged to spend some time with Mr. Coleman. He was gracious and thoughtful, comforting to me at the loss of my own wife. He will be greatly missed, but his contributions to so very many people will never be forgotten. My sympathies.

  • sam and Joan Waldridge

    Sorry to hear about Kenny. He was a great guy. Sam and I was just talking about him today and then read on facebook about his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Ed Nekel

    Rest In Peace, Kenny, with the knowledge that you have assisted countless victims of crime and disaster. Every now and again that very special someone comes along and you, my friend Kenny, are one of those people.
    You and your loving family are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻

  • Bill Cook

    My sincere condolences. One of the first people we met when we moved to Rockville, I’ve always had deep respect and admiration for Kenny…on of the kindest and most selfless people I’ve ever met. Hold on to the best memories.

    • Sandy Waldridge Bennett

      Dear Sylvia, Betsy, Rick and Family
      I have known Kenny my whole adult life and being able to call him my friend has made my life so much better. He was a friend and mentor for the work I do and am thankful for all his support through the years. He was the “president” shared title with Bill of our coffee group that met for decades, Kenny will always be remember by me as one of the most giving and compassionate individuals I have known. He will be missed by so many he touched during his lifetime! Rest In Peace my dear friend, fly high Kenny. Love ya buddy! Sandy

  • Elaine Pickering

    I met Ken over 30 years ago when we worked for the same agency. He was a very special, kind man.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  • Michaelene O McCann

    I will miss Kenny’s warm and quiet presence and his words that weren’t many but said it all. He reminded NOVA members that crime victims in rural areas had fewer resources and fewer support systems to rely on. He was a faithful NOVA supporter and with Judy attended many NOVA conferences, presented trainings and was part of the NOVA Crisis Response Teams.
    It was my honor to know him and serve on NOVA’s Board of Directors with him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Kenny, his beloved Judy and their family.

  • Eric Bushong

    Dear Sylvia and Betsy. My heartfelt condolences to the passing of your father. I remember you living across 236 from us in the late 50s…sorry, I don’t remember Rick. I know your dad was a pretty good friend of my dad’s. They are probably talking things over right now. Your names comes up in our conversations every once in a while…take care. He will be missed…

  • Linda Long

    sorry to hear about your dad, my prayers are with you and family.
    Linda (Nickle) Long
    100 Hillside Place
    Lafayette, Indiana 47909

  • Barbara Kendall

    Dear Family of Kenny Coleman,
    I am saddened about Kenny’s passing. I knew him as a crisis responder, victim advocate, and NOVA board member. I feel honored to have known such a wonderful person.
    I send my condolences,
    Barbara Kendall

  • Jackie Kirk

    So sorry for your loss. I met Kenneth through the Victims Advocate program he was so wonderful. Prayers for the family.

  • David Overpeck

    Dear Sylvia, Betsy, Rick and Family,

    Prayers for all of you. Your family was so wonderful to Rosemary. I am sure he and Rosemary are singing together.

    David Overpeck

  • Rhonda S Barner

    Dear Sylvia, Betsy, Rick and Family,
    My heart breaks for all of you over the loss of Kenny. I will always remember him with a smile because that is always how he greeted me from the time I first met him as a fellow NOVA Board Member. He and Judy were such a loving, giving couple and they made everyone around them feel like family. Kenny’s love of Victim Advocacy and Crisis Response was inspiring.
    I am so glad that I was able to make a few visits to see Kenny (and Judy before she passed) and enjoyed getting to know his family. I am so sorry that you are also mourning the loss of John and my thoughts are with you as you deal with both losses. I am saddened by the fact that my move to Florida made it impossible for me to be at the visitation or funeral. Kenny was a very special man and he will be missed but forever remembered. Much love to you all.