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James Donald Coleman

03/14/1950 - 06/23/2020

James (Jim) Donald Coleman was born in Faulkton, South Dakota, on March 14th, 1950 to Donald Coleman and Anna (Parrett) Coleman.  He grew up in Dupree, SD.  Graduating from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, with a degree in finance, he rodeoed through high school and college, riding broncs and bulls.  Jim was employed by Farm Credit Services of America for over 40 years, serving in several different positions and locations including Imperial, NE, Casper, WY, Rapid City, SD, Omaha, NE, Lincoln, NE, Spokane, WA, and Sioux Falls, SD.  He retired in Mesa, AZ.

Jim was a friend of Bill W’s and after going through treatment, remained sober for the next 42 years.  He was a caring husband, loving father, grandfather, son and brother. Jim was a jack-of-all trades always there to help anyone in need or simply be their friend.  Being an outgoing, energetic, charismatic person, there was never a stranger in the room when Jim was there.

He enjoyed camping and spending his time on his Harley and in his Corvettes, preferring convertibles so he and his wife, Sheila, could enjoy the outdoors.  As busy as he was, he always found time to play poker 3 days a week, another favored pastime.               .

Jim loved sports and history.  Not only was he a season ticket holder for the Denver Broncos and avid fan of Nebraska football and girls’ basketball, Jim would attend local high school football games just to watch them play.

In 1980, he married Sheila Enger from Watertown, SD.  They were blessed with two daughters, Callie Woodland (Nathan) of Kansas City and Christie Banks (Brian), Omaha.  He was always eager to spend time with his grandchildren, Justin, Jackson and Harper.  Jim was also a second father to Travis (LaShawn) Yarbrough, Minneapolis, Sheila’s son from a previous relationship and enjoyed their 3 children, Erica, Cameron and Connor.

On June 23rd, 2020, having a strong faith, Jim left this earthly world to be with the Lord surrounded by his loving wife and children.  He was preceded in death by his father, Don, his mother, Anna, his sister, Marsha (Gary) Frame, his brother Bobby Coleman, and his father-in-law Gary Enger.  He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brother Tom (Laurie) Coleman of Bismarck, ND, and mother-in-law Mattie Enger, Mesa, AZ.

Jim’s ashes will be spread in the Black Hills on the mountaintop where he was married, August 23, 2020 on what would have been his 40th wedding anniversary.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


  • Justin and Sandy Kiichler

    Our prayers are with your family! May the fond memories of your dad last forever!

  • Jack and Juanita Stephenson

    So sorry to hear about your loss, he fought hard, but sometimes our body just gives out and says enough. He was always positive and friendly whenever we saw Him in AZ. May God be with you and your family in this time of loss.

  • Robb L. & family

    Uncle Jim was a great guy. He was a man who always had your back when you needed it. His fun (and sometimes risque) sense of humor, and inquisitive mind was always on full speed ahead. He had some pretty interesting stories to tell about his lifetime experiences and you could tell from them that he lived his life to the fullest extent….just the way it should be. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sheila, Callie, Christie, Travis and their families. We will all miss him!

  • My deepest condolences to you Sheila and to Jimmy‘s children. It was so wonderful getting to see him at Bonnie‘s memorial service. I always enjoyed Jimmy. He was a pain in the neck cousin as a child but still fun. Two years older than me and ornery. And it was fun Getting to know him as an adult. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Mike and Dawn Banks

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort and peace . Mike and Dawn Banks

  • So sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to all of the family. May God Bless and Keep you 🙏

  • Joseph and Wendy Law

    Jim was always a great friend and co-worker. He was loved and will be missed by your Farm Credit family. Not a day generally goes by without someone telling a story of working with Jim, which brings smiles of affection to all. Sending our Prayers to Sheila and all of the family, may the Lord keep you in his arms during this time of sorrow. Joe & Wendy

  • Bob and Carla Moyer

    Sheila, we look forward to celebrating Jim’s life with you in the future. Love and hugs to you.

  • Julie Rosenquist

    Sheila and family, I’m so sorry for the grief you are experiencing. May this be a precious time of reflection. We pray that you will know the peace that only Christ can give.Hugs to you.

  • Ray and Kelley Kieffer

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. We met a short time ago and we enjoyed his quick wit and zest for life. We know he is in a better place after putting up the good fight. There is no doubt he loved his family more than life itself. He will be missed. God bless, Ray and Kelley

  • Jason and Ann Edleman

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim always brought a smile to your face. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.

  • Mary Grace Ross

    Ed and I are deeply saddened by Jim’s passing. He was a great man. We so enjoyed him at Val Vista playing poker. We will really miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and the family.

  • Jim was neighbor and friend of the Bartek’s in Lincoln, NE. He was an awesome person in all ways. God speed to Sheila and the Coleman family.

  • Callie, I know how much you loved and were loved by your dad! He will always be with you. Love you, friend!

  • Bob and Dot Fahrni

    So sorry for your loss! Jim was a caring person and always brought a smile to anyone he met! Our prayers and thoughts are with Coleman families!

  • Rick & Bobbie Kunze

    So sorry for you loss. Jim was a great fun guy and sure to be missed by all his Corvette friends from Nebraska! Our prayers are with your family.

  • I’m saddened to hear the news about Jim. I enjoyed working with Jim. He came everyday with a positive attitude. He cared about everyone around him. I appreciate the chance to know Jim. My sincere sympathy to all of his family. What a great man to remember.

  • He will be missed…had such a great smile and giving heart …… Corvette Heaven Now….ride on Jim…..🚖🚖🚖

  • Keith & Kathy Wacker

    So sorry to hear the news, we miss Jim and you too Shelia at all the corvette events. You gave such great parties, you always made sure everyone was taken care of. Our sympathy goes out to your whole family. Take care.

  • Thinking of you Shelia and your family.Jim was a super guy. GOOD poker player.
    We met you and Jim on a cruise for your folks 50th.Jim kept all around him laughing.Everyone had agreat time.

  • Bud & Luana Wall

    Sincere condolence to the Coleman family. Jim was an active member of the Nebraska Corvette Association and we recall the meeting where Jim, who had been chairman of our All Corvette Show, presented the Club’s donation to the director of the Lincoln Food Pantry (a really tall guy)…Jim stood on a chair to make the check presentation. Jim was a good sport and a lot of fun. Memories of Jim will always generate a smile.

  • Joyce and Gary Royal

    Sheila and Family: Sending our prayers for comfort during this time of loss and for strength in the days ahead. Jim was a great guy and we were honored to have known him. I know he will be happy to have his ashes spread in a place that he loved so much. Love to all.

  • Gary and Denise Mazour

    Our condolences to the Coleman Family. Jim lived his life at full speed, with a passion few can match. I can not think of Jim without a smile coming to my face. He truly felt blessed by his family and talked of you with great pride. We will all miss him.

  • Erik Albertson

    I’m sorry for your loss. My Condolences to everyone in the family.

  • Anthony Heiraas

    Dear Shelia and family,
    Our sympathies to you on the loss of your husband and father and grandfather. We didn’t have the privilege of meeting Jim but he was fondly spoken of by my sister LaShawn and Travis. May God give you his comfort and peace in Jesus Christ.
    Anthony and Kim Heiraas and family.

  • Shane and Lexie Frahm

    Our condolences to the Coleman family. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years, there was no one more committed to our customers and firm in their own beliefs, I learned so much from him. He will me missed.

  • Ivan & Sharon Van Marel

    So sorry to hear about Jim passing. Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family, Sheila. We will miss his wonderful smile as a neighbor at Val Vista. He will be missed. God bless.🙏

  • Mary Ann Carrico

    We will miss him though we only knew him for a short time. Our sympathy for Shiela and daughters.

  • Royce & Marian Reit

    Our deepest sympathies to you Sheila & all of Jim’s family. Praying your memories will bring you comfort & keep Jim forever close in your hearts.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I knew Jim when he was in high school and worked with him in Lemmon, SD and later in Nebraska when he was in Imperial. He was always smiling and positive.

  • Steve & Cathy Rosen

    Sheila, Callie & Christie: Please accept our deepest sympathies. Jim was always so upbeat, smiling and positive. He truly will be missed by all who knew him. Love, Cathy & Steve Rosen

  • Our deepest sympathies to your family. Jim was a man of great character. He was willing to do what was right and support those who needed it. Jim made a difference in the lives of my son and I. I will forever be thankful.
    Connie Yori and Lukas

  • Sheila, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May you have some comfort in the memories you hold dear with Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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