Alan Coleman, 72, of Monona, Iowa died Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at his home in Monona, Iowa. He was born May 11, 1948 to Oscar and Annie (Donnell) Coleman in Easington Colliery, Durham, England. After one year of being in England, they settled in Innisfail, Alberta, Canada.
Alan attended River Glen School in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. At age 15, Alan went to work for Thompson Drilling working in the oil fields in numerous places in Canada which then brought him to the States in 1965. Alan received many awards while working for Thompson Drilling. Throughout the years he worked for an oil company in Utah, Nevada, Colorado ending him in Wyoming in 1972. In 1984 Alan became a log hauler for Dick Waddington, then John and Jeff Regan Trucking in 1987, in Newcastle, Wyoming.
On July 20, 1992 Alan was united in marriage with Sandy Kregel in Custer, South Dakota. Three children were born to this union. In 1994 he moved to Monona and worked for Prairie Ag, Bituma for ten years and then retired in January 2020 from Mid Iowa Grain as a Grain and Barge Inspector where he worked the last 15 years. Growing up he liked knitting, playing trucks and building roads with his friends. Alan loved taking things apart, tinkering with toys and was a slight pyromaniac. According to his sisters, he was their moms favorite and could never do “NO” wrong. He enjoyed camping and going to stock car races when the children were younger. In his later years Alan enjoyed doing Sudoku Puzzles and spending time with his family. Alan was a “Jack of all Trades”, he enjoyed making people laugh, loved all dogs and adored his grandchildren. His sidekick was his dog, Smokey.
Surviving Alan are his wife, Sandy Coleman of Monona, Iowa; his children, Eric (Nicole) Kregel of Newcastle, Wyoming, Amber (Tim) Rethwisch of Lansing, Iowa and Brittany (Daniel) Stee of Calmar, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Diesel and Aspen Rethwisch, Evelyn and Mackson Stee, Trenton and Taten Engle and Savanah and Scotlyn Kregel; mother-in-law, Rita Kregel of Monona, Iowa; siblings, Marion (Joe) Strasser of Cold Lake, Alberta, Eileen (Dan) Zimmer of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Loretta Coleman of Innisfail, Alberta and Cheryl (Greg) Breault of Saint Stephen, New Brunswick; brother-in-law, Ron Stout, Innisfail, Alberta, Canada; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sharon Kregel of Ladson, South Carolina, Julie Kregel of Decorah, Iowa, Scott (Denise) Kregel of Monona, Iowa, Neil (Kim) Kregel of Waterville, Iowa, Rhonda (Loren) Ihde of Fayette, Iowa, L’Dean (Ann Marie) Kregel of Champaign, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Annie Coleman; sister, Anita Stout; father-in-law, Eldon Kregel; and a brother-in-law, Carl “Bo” Pash.
A Memorial Service for Alan Coleman will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Coleman home, 11494 Falcon Avenue Monona, IA, 52159.
A Celebration of Life will follow to greet the family.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.