Walter Dean Coleman
We honor today the life of Walter Dean Coleman, 91, of Kansas City, who died on August 5th, 2018. He is survived by his wife Alicia Coleman, his two daughters Grace Coleman and Susan Rozanski (Charlie Rozanski), and his three grandchildren Alison, Michael, and Matthew. Walter’s family heavily regret his passing, but are happy he had such a long, interesting life to celebrate. A Navy veteran and member of the Navy pistol team, Walter served his country overseas in WWII. Following his service, he enrolled in the geology program at the University of Kansas. He would go on to meet his wife in Mexico City during these studies. In his late thirties he became interested in gemology and would ultimately complete his studies and become a Fellow of Great Britain in this field. He raised his family and built a small business as a renowned jeweler in Denver before moving his wife and daughters back to the farm his family owned for generations near Denison, KS. (The Coleman family reunion is the longest running family reunion in Kansas, at 125 years and counting.) He reopened his jewelry shop there and built the reputation of being both extraordinarily skilled and very fair and honest. He remained in Valley Falls with his wife until 2000, when they relocated to Kansas City to be closer to family. Walter had a love of all things history, and had impressive collections of encyclopedias, ancient coins, prehistoric artifacts, and guns. He could frequently be found outside, tending to his tomato plants while Alicia handled the flowers. He also enjoyed honing his sharpshooting skills with a B.B. gun, to the consternation of the local squirrels. His passion for his craft and love for his family was evident in nearly every decision he made, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.