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Blaine R. Coleman
July 4, 1940 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Blaine R. Coleman, 83, of Smithfield, Pa., passed away peacefully October 17, 2023 in his home.
He was a true fire cracker, born July 4, 1940, in York Run, Pa., to William Lucius Doty Coleman and Emma Susan (Banner) Coleman. Immediately following his graduation from Georges Township High School, Blaine enlisted with the United States Marine Corp; he specialized in radio communications. He always said the time he spent in the Marines was the best time of his life. Upon entering civilian life, Blaine was employed by CSX Transportation, formerly the B&O Railroad; he was the last telegraph operator hired to work at the Smithfield station. In his golden years of retirement, Blaine was known for his fine weaving skills and creating Appalachian rugs which were gifted to family and friends across the country.
In addition to his parents, Blaine was preceded in death by sisters Jean Braham, Mayola Beeson, Marjorie Currie, and Diane Ansell Niblack and brother William Coleman.
Blaine is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Marlene (Laucher) Coleman, only daughter Kary, and son-in-law Josh Milan, of Greensburg, Pa. The apple of his eye was his "honey bunch," his only granddaughter, Milana. Blaine adored his youngest friends, Woodrow and Peach, of Smithfield, Pa., and their parents Pete and Madeline Davis. He is also survived by sisters Kathleen Hockenberry and Bernell Eicher, of Fairchance and brother Joseph "Herk" Coleman of Virginia Beach, Va.
In accordance with Blaine's wishes, no "pomp and circumstance" will take place. Blaine requested family and friends to recall their fondest memory of him and remember him in that way. The family extends gratitude to the WVU Medicine and WVU Hospice teams for their care, compassion, and devotion. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to Tent Presbyterian Church of Uniontown, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home.