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June 26, 1974 – Monday, November 28, 2011

Service Information
Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Visitation Information
Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chad Michael Coleman, age 37, of Otsego, passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 28, 2011.

He was born June 26, 1974 in Minneapolis, the son of Don and Marlene (Oelke) Coleman. He lived in the Corcoran area before moving to Otsego in 1999.

Chad was a loving husband and a fantastic father who loved his children deeply. He was the best son and brother who had a big heart, beautiful smile and a calming, non-judgmental way about him. He loved anything to do with nature and outdoor sports, especially hunting, fishing and spearing. He also made spearing decoys and won awards for his abilities. He was extremely talented with tools and worked as a tool and die maker. He also built his house along with his father. Recently, he built his children a playhouse that was an exact model of their house. He was always willing to listen to anyone and had a unique ability to speak to strangers as if he always knew them.

He is survived by his wife, Heather (Dyreson) Coleman of Otsego; children: Mitchell age 8, Ashlynn age 6, and Morgan age 2; parents, Don and Marlene Coleman of Corcoran; sister, Brenda (Andy) Kane of Indianola, IA; father-in-law, Bernie (Denise) Dyreson of Delano; maternal grandmother, Marie Oelke of Perham; sister-in-law, Hilary Dyreson (Nate Schlosser) of Loretto; brother-in-law, Shane Dyreson (Andrea Jennings) of Buffalo. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Debbie (Sersch) Rice of Howard Lake and his best friend and companion, his dog, Lucky.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville, 300 Main Street North, St. Michael. Visitation will be held Saturday afternoon at the funeral home from 2:00pm until the time of service.

43 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dana Huss

    I am so sorry for your loss. Chad’s smiling face will be missed by many but most of his family!!
    I will always remember his smile and his elbow jab anytime he was sitting next to me, usually giving me crap about something!
    You and the kids are in my prayers.

    Take care,
    Dana, Pete and Bryce

  2. Roxanne Good

    My prayers go out to the Coleman family. I am deeply sorry about Chad’s death. I remember him as such a fun young man. He will be missed.

  3. Auntie Lucy

    May you rest in peace. We love you Chad & family. So very sorry for your loss. Auntie.

  4. Anthony Leone

    Sorry for your loss. Chad was a great person and although I haven’t seen him in many years, he will be missed.

  5. Rose (Van Beusekom) Pyrlik

    I am so sorry to hear about Chad today. My heart & prayers go out to you all.

  6. Tina Hardie

    Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

  7. Bob Dischinger

    Marlene, Don, Brenda and family; I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Chad. There are no words to describe the feeling I feel for your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Amanda Brossard

    So sorry to hear about Chad. He will always be in everyone’s heart. Thinking of you and your family.

  9. Carol Burhans

    Chad was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Stacey Wientjes

    Donny, Marlene, Brenda, Heather and children; I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love to you all,

  11. John Berwick

    With a deep sense of disbelief did we, Chad’s work colleagues, learn of this news. With 14 years of service he held an important role within our organization. Words can’t describe how our hearts go out to Heather, Mitchell, Ashlynn, Morgan, Don, Marlene, Brenda and the rest of the family at this massive loss. You have our deepest condolences and support at this grave time. We pray for you all that you get the strength to deal with and get through this time of great loss. All our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    John Berwick

  12. Janice Hank

    Heather and family,
    I was saddened to hear about Chad. I have worked at the Farmers State Bank of Hamel for 20+ years and knew Chad well as I saw him every Friday come in with a smile on his face. He loved talking about the kids and of course fishing. (He also loved the little candy dish at the front desk and it was the first place he went to when he walked in!) We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  13. brooke staton (oelke)

    Dear Heather, Uncle don, Aunt marlene and Cousin Brenda; I’m so, so very sorry for your loss and for your pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers! I am crying with you. Devastating! Sending prayers and love during this very difficult time. I’m sorry I cannot be there with you. Sending hugs. Brooke

  14. Renee (Czanstkowski) Jaunich

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss! I haven’t seen Chad in a long time, but we had our school lockers next to each other and he was always such a kind man with a contageous smile. May each of you find strength in your memories and in each other during this difficult time. You are certainly in my prayers!

  15. Steve & Kristie Jarmuzek

    Heather, kids and all the Coleman Family; I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Chad will be missed as we always enjoyed his visits. He would ride down on the four wheeler with one of the kids or just stop in and sit and visit. Steve, the kids and I always enjoyed that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  16. Dale & Rita Hendrickson

    Dearest Family,
    We love you all so much!! Chad, you will forever be in our hearts!! You are so loved & missed!!

    Love, Dale & Rita

  17. heather dymock

    Sympathies to the family of Chad Coleman.

  18. Jeff, & Jenny Holovnia & family

    Heather and family:
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! Chad was a great guy who loved his family and loved building things. He will be deeply missed!!!!

  19. Brenda Anderson

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family! Chad will be deeply missed.

  20. Jerry and Jody Peterson

    Our hearts are heavy as we grieve with you. Donnie and Marlene.

  21. Jenny Compton

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your children. I know you are a strong person and that you will find the strength for you and your children to get through this difficult time. Always remember:
    Tears are God’s gift to us…Our Holy Water…They heal us as they flow
    The Angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved one is safe in the hands of God.

    Jenny Compton

  22. Brent Bills

    More than anything, I will remember Chad for how quick he was to smile, and how he was liked by everyone who knew him. I pray God’s comfort to all of Chad’s family.

  23. Randy Nordin

    Donnie/Marlene and family;
    Our hearts are saddened for all of you. We will continue to pray for all in the days ahead. So sorry for your loss.

    Randy/Peggy Nordin

  24. Annette and Merle Vensland Family

    Don, Marlene, Brenda and Chad’s Family; we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We remember Chad as always having a huge smile on his face!

  25. James Oelke

    Dear Heather, children, Brenda, Don and Marlene;
    I can not ease your aching heart,
    Nor take your pain away,
    But let me stay and take your hand,
    And walk with you today.

    I’ll listen when you need to talk,
    I’ll wipe away your tears,
    I’ll share your worries when they come,
    I’ll help you face your fears.

    I am here and I will stand by you,
    So take my hand when you need to,
    And live just one day at a time.

    Your not alone,
    I’ll go that extra mile,
    And when your grief is easier,
    I’ll help you learn to smile again.

    My thoughts, prayers and love are always with you.

    Love Uncle and Brother Jim

  26. Ian Pattison

    Donald, Marlene, Heather, and the rest of the family,
    You are in my prayers. Chad was a friend to all that got to meet him. He had that nudge and smile. He made you laugh and made you feel so loved when he was in the room. We love you all so much and if there is anything I can do please ask.
    Love you guys,
    Ian Pattison

  27. Mr. & Mrs. Howard Zimmer

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. Brian Denker

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  29. Aaron Friedrichs

    Heather and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Chad’s passing. It has been awhile since I have seen Chad, but I will always remember his kind smile and his outgoingness, especially going fishing. May he rest in peace and may the Lord comfort you during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers!
    Aaron Friedrichs

  30. Travis Neumayer

    I am so sorry to learn of this loss of life. We may have seen each other in passing, but I did not know Chad. Tonight, this tragedy was revealed to a small group of people that I was part of. The individual who informed us exhibited enormous love for Chad, Heather, and their children. Her emotions were abundant and overwhelming. As hard as I can only imagine it to be, she fought to contain herself, and her words had a resounding weight on me and the rest of the group. Condolences are the only thing harder to take than a compliment; and condolences from a stranger may be inappropriate at this time. I don’t know. If taken as such, I somberly apologize for disruption and please forgive me. I’m writing this to you because I sympathize with your agony and sudden confusion, as the times I have lost those close to me have paralleled subsequent feelings. If your family needs anything that I can help with, please ask. My daughter, Olivia, attends Mrs. Kilber’s kindergarten class with Ashlynn. Tonight, Olivia and I talked about some of the challenges. This weekend Olivia wants to make something nice for Ashlynn.

  31. Charity (Gabrelcik) Filipi

    I was devastated to hear about Chad’s death. He was quite the joker and always had a smile on his face as well as a kind heart. He will be greatly missed by everyone. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget Chad and all the great memories from High School. My heart goes out to you.

  32. Sue Steen

    Heather and Family,
    We are very sorry for your loss.
    Sue and Jay Steen

  33. Lila Krabbenhoft

    Heather, Marlene, Donnie, Brenda and Family, Hoping your treasured memories bring comfort day by day.
    Love to all, Lila

  34. Marilyn Wixon (Oelke)

    Dear Donnie, Marlene,Brenda, Heather and Family; I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Chad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure and I’m going to treasure his smile!
    Love, Marilyn

  35. Allen and Alice Syverson

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chad. It is as though we lost one of our own. May God Bless you with his endurance and wrap you in his arms. Please call if you need anything.

  36. Jason Moe

    After being introduced to First Avenue by Marc Pijoan one summer in 1990, Chad Coleman, Dave Pattison and I went on to see 20 different shows over the next two years.
    There are only a few times in your life that you can say really changed who you are. Those last two years of high school had a big impact on my life. We did everything together: saw each other every day in school, went to each other’s houses after school, and went to see all kinds of bands at First Avenue.
    I really hated high school for a variety of reasons. What made it bearable? Chad Coleman and all those great times we had together. I will be forever grateful.

  37. Mary Curtis

    Marlene; My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  38. Cheryl (Christopherson) Hirst

    My sympathy goes to out to you, Heather, your children, Chad’s parents and sister, and all of his family and friends. I remember Chad fondly. After years of having a locker near him, I just remember how he was always nice and kind. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. It is hard to understand why such a young and caring man had to leave you all. May you feel God’s strength and Chad’s memory forever.

  39. Marilyn Wixon (Oelke)

    Dear Donnie, Marlene, Brenda, Heather and Family; I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of Chad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure and I’m going to treasure his smile!

  40. Kari Lesch

    Heather and family; I’m so sorry for your loss! Just know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!


  41. Pete Bauman

    Heather and family; Know that you, your children, and Chad are in so many prayers. Chad was a fun-loving guy with a kind heart when we were young, and it’s obvious that he retained those fine qualities throughout his life. I hadn’t seen him in years, but I’m sure that had we run into each other, it would have been all smiles and jokes. That is how I’ll remember him. We’ll pray for you all.

    Pete Bauman

  42. Lola Bachmann

    Marlene, Donnie, Brenda, Heather and family; Words are hard to find. God took Chad’s hand and his loving heart and is holding him tight!! My prayers are with you all, Chad will never be forgotten. Now an angel of God!

  43. Faye Marie Sullivan

    Heather and the entire Coleman family; We are deeply saddened to hear of Chad’s passing. What wonderful memories we have of Chad. It was an honor to watch over Mitchell for daycare and to be able to have the opportunity to know Chad and your family. We will forever remember and embrace that contagious smile and laugh that Chad brought each day picking Mitchell up from daycare. May God bless you, Heather, and your family during this time and give you the strength to continue to be the best mom and person you have always been. Lots of love from the Sullivan’s.
    Jason, Faye, Mason, Kayla, Kody and Brady


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