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Darrel F. Coleman

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Darrel F. Coleman April 4, 1949 - Nov. 21, 2013

WILLMAR - Darrel F. Coleman, 64, of Sunburg, MN, died Thursday, November 21, 2013, in Handle, Saskatchewan, Canada. A celebration of Darrels life will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, November 30th at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery in New London. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. www.hafh.org

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Darrel F. Coleman was born April 4, 1949, in Willmar, MN, the son of Russell and Margaret (Strodtman) Coleman. He grew up in Willmar and graduated from Willmar High School in 1967.

Following high school Darrel attended Willmar Junior College before serving in the United States Army for two years, one of which was in Vietnam. In 1969, Darrel was united in marriage to Katherine Yanacheak, and this union was blessed with two children, Shani and Ryan. After the service, Darrel returned to Willmar and began working for Burlington Northern Railroad, retiring in 2009 after 40 years of service.

Darrel had a love and passion for nature and the great outdoors; hunting, fishing, traveling and enjoyed teaching others about the outdoors and how to hunt. He loved visiting with others and family and being with his dogs, most recently, Marcia and Rodney.

Darrel is survived by his children: Shani (and Mark?) Gutknecht and Ryan (and Carolyn) Coleman; two grandchildren: Trevor and Alyssa Coleman; sister, Cheryl DeRuyck of Marshall; three nieces, three nephews, and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Margaret; sister, Connie; and brothers, Allen and Ritchie.

Darrel will be sadly missed by his family, friends and his dogs, Rodney and Marsha.

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