Date: A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Conservation Federation of Missouri, St. John United Church of Christ, Manchester, MO, or a charity of your choice.
Ronald Anthony Coleman
Ronald Anthony Coleman, 74, died from cancer complications on April 28, 2020, at Evelyn’s House, BJC Hospice Center, with his wife of 52 years by his side.
A running back on their undefeated State Champion football team, Coleman graduated from Herculaneum High School in 1966. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Ron held an associate’s degree from Jefferson College, a BS from Southwest Missouri State University, and a Master’s degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 1975, Coleman became the first parks and recreation director in Ellisville, Missouri. Later in Ron’s career he became the first executive director of Ozark Greenways in Springfield and then the first parks director in Chesterfield before becoming the first executive director of Open Space Council in metropolitan St. Louis.
Ron’s volunteer leadership included presidential terms with the Missouri Parks Association, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and Conservation Federation of Missouri. For many years Ron represented Missouri and CFM by serving as a delegate to the National Wildlife Federation.
When his sons were young, Ron helped to coach several soccer and baseball teams. At Pond Elementary School, Ron became the Cub Scout Master. Ron served several terms on the church council, and in January, he completed another term as Vice-President of St. John United Church of Christ in Manchester, MO.
In retirement, Ron’s goal each year was to “fish, float and play more golf.” He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, hiking new trails and supporting environmental causes.
Ron is survived by his wife Rhonda (Kohler) Coleman, his sons Bart (Tracy Winchester) and Travis (Martina Keil), his grand-daughters Carter, Emma and Madelyn, his mother Ruth (Teal) Coleman, and siblings Linda Kobert, Garland Coleman, Patricia Coll and Terry Coleman. Ron is also survived by his brother-in-law and best friend T.J. Kohler and his wife Alice.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Conservation Federation of Missouri, St. John United Church of Christ, Manchester, MO, or a charity of your choice.