ForeverMissed
      Gerald E. “Joe” Coleman, 78, of Peoria, passed Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
     A prayer service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue in Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
     Affectionately known by all friends and family as Joe, he transcended around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, while sleeping peacefully. He was at home and surrounded by his family, who all cared for him as he prepared for his leap to heaven.
     Joe was a devoted husband to his wife, Susan, with whom he cherished an unconditional love. His legacy will live on and pass through his children, Joanna, Cathy and Christopher and their spouses, along with his six grandchildren, great grandson and all who were graced by his gifts.
     Along with spending time with family, Joe enjoyed working on home repairs and projects, golfing, watching sports, grilling and spreading wisdom. By profession, he was a salesman. Legend has it, he once sold quiet to a mime. He served our country in the Army Reserves. His younger years were spent working with the railroad.
     He was one of the world’s finest, the bedrock beneath his house and the foundation of many generations yet to come to fruition. We all love you, Joe, and we are all blessed to have had you in our lives.
     In honoring Joe’s example of his generous spirit, please pay a random act of kindness forward in place of sending flowers.
     Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to OSF Hospice or Illinois Cancer Care.
Posted by JAMES LASHER on September 27, 2019
Joe my older brother growing up in sales had allot of power breakfasts at Bob Evans,,,,he taught me so much my best older friend for sure,,,,his soft speech and the way he would get you to listen to every word he said but LISTENING and learning to let yr client speak,,,,,,,,greatest friend anyone could ask for,,,,who am I gonna watch the big fights with JOE HE WAS TOUGH AS NAILS HE DEFINED ,,,,JOE WALKED AND SPOKE SOFTLY BUT CARRIED THE BIG STICK LOVE YOU JOE  JIM AND LAURIE WE NEED A HORSESHOE,,DRINK
LOVE THE COLEMANS GOD BLESS
Posted by DALE CRAMTON on September 21, 2019
We will all miss Joe. He was truly " the real good guy". Condolences to the family.
Posted by James Brunner on September 20, 2019
My thoughts are with Susan & family. Having been a friend of Joe for over 35 years & a co-worker for over 20 years I will deeply miss seeing him at the golf course & his humor can't replace guys like Joe   Jim Brunner
Posted by Dallas Embry on September 19, 2019
My thoughts are with the family as it was with Joe before his passing. He was one of my favorite golf partners and friend. I will miss him greatly.
Posted by Jeri Hudgens on September 19, 2019
Prayers to you, Cathy and family, during this hard time. We are all lifting you up in prayers and love.

Jeri Hudgens

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Posted by JAMES LASHER on September 27, 2019
Joe my older brother growing up in sales had allot of power breakfasts at Bob Evans,,,,he taught me so much my best older friend for sure,,,,his soft speech and the way he would get you to listen to every word he said but LISTENING and learning to let yr client speak,,,,,,,,greatest friend anyone could ask for,,,,who am I gonna watch the big fights with JOE HE WAS TOUGH AS NAILS HE DEFINED ,,,,JOE WALKED AND SPOKE SOFTLY BUT CARRIED THE BIG STICK LOVE YOU JOE  JIM AND LAURIE WE NEED A HORSESHOE,,DRINK
LOVE THE COLEMANS GOD BLESS
Posted by DALE CRAMTON on September 21, 2019
We will all miss Joe. He was truly " the real good guy". Condolences to the family.
Posted by James Brunner on September 20, 2019
My thoughts are with Susan & family. Having been a friend of Joe for over 35 years & a co-worker for over 20 years I will deeply miss seeing him at the golf course & his humor can't replace guys like Joe   Jim Brunner
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