Kenneth R. Coleman

March 12, 1957 - July 8, 2017

Kenneth R. Coleman


Kenneth R. Coleman, 60, of Belvidere, passed away suddenly, on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Swedish American Medical Center, Belvidere. He was born March 12, 1957, son of Robert and Betty (Houtz) Coleman. Ken married Jo Ellen Matheson on March 18, 1983 in Rockton, IL. He worked as a carpenter by trade and earned a building inspection certification. Ken was a member of the County Line Grange. He loved the Oakland Raiders, and tinkering around and fixing things. Ken was known for meeting the boys for coffee at Uncle John’s at 1:30 p.m. every day and 2:30 p.m., on Saturdays. His main priority was his family and making sure they were taken care of. Ken adored his grandchildren with every ounce of his being and will be greatly missed.

Ken is loved and missed by his wife, Jo Ellen, daughters, Dolly (Troy Bunting) Coleman, TiMara (Mike) Gulley, and Nikki Bishop; brothers, Robert (Susan) Coleman, Scott (Cindy) Coleman, and Thomas Coleman; mother-in-law, Celestia Matheson; sister-in-laws, Jacqueline Murray and Marilyn Matheson; brother-in-laws, David (Carol) Matheson, and Duane (June Wilkinson) Matheson and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Dan Matheson.

A celebration of Ken’s life will take place at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Belvidere VFW Post 1461, 1310 West Lincoln Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 with a service starting at 5:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


A celebration of Ken’s life will take place at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Belvidere VFW Post 1461, 1310 West Lincoln Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008 with a service starting at 5:15 p.m

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Good Man to hang drywall with. NFRY

Norman Fry 2017-09-27T01:31:03

Our deepest sympathy JoEllen and family. May all the good memories help you through this difficult time. Gary & JoAnne Wartgow

JoAnne Wartgow 2017-07-14T11:35:56

We are so sorry to hear of Ken`s passing. Jo Ellen and Dolly, well you have been in our lives for some time and we want you to know that we are thinking of you and for sure those Grandbabies. Ken was for sure a Gentle Man and the stories Corey would tell when him and Dolly hung out during their school years are just a” Hoot” !! I am sure God has his arms around him and helping him and your whole Family at this time. Hugs to you all and may God Bless you.

Richard and Joanie Anderson 2017-07-11T18:50:45

Our hearts go out to all Ken’s family and friends! His generosity, kindness, love and hard work will be remembered by so many. Ken’s numerous hours and effort put in to County Line Grange activities (especially at the Boone County Fair) along with his ever ready friendly smile will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

CLG#1751 2017-07-11T17:50:54

We are very sorry for your loss
Our condolences to all the family during this difficult time…with love and prayers. ..duane and stacie nance

Stacie 2017-07-11T03:30:20

JO Ellen & family, So sorry to hear about ken. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Ladonna Koper 2017-07-11T03:04:12

We are so sorry for your loss

Paul and Delores Felton 2017-07-11T02:18:42

Loving Thoughts and Prayers to You All ❤ We Love You❣

Kristina M Lee 2017-07-11T01:32:37

thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. we are so sorry to have lost ken

jerry & robin houtz 2017-07-11T01:09:39

So very sorry for the family’s loss my thoughts and prayers r with u , he was a very nice man I waited on him all the time at uncle johns

Kim Weber-Gulley 2017-07-11T00:56:48

It’s so sad when family passes and never got to really know them. My father said he was a fantastic man. So sorry for your loss

Sara Coleman 2017-07-11T00:39:14

I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

Nancy Sadewater 2017-07-10T23:45:13

JoEllen, Dolly, and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May the angels wrap you in their wings and give you peace.

Jim, Renee, Hayley & CJ
Jimmy, Kelli, Mariah, Peyton & Addi

Renee Kirchner 2017-07-10T23:44:38

I’m so sorry to hear about you loss Jo Ellen and Tom. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your families. Such an unexpected turn in your lives. Be strong the next few days, weeks and month.

Horst 2017-07-10T22:17:16

Kenny was a gentle soul and will be deeply missed.

Steve and Diann 2017-07-10T21:39:25

Kenny will be missed by so many people most especially his grand babies. My deepest sympathies to Jo and Dolly. Love you! Lorel

Lorel Nilsen 2017-07-10T18:41:39

The Gentle Giant, always sporting his headbands. Lifting JoEllen and family up in prayer. Hugs to you all.

Sherry Hicks 2017-07-10T18:14:38


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