Roger F. Coleman 1951-2012

GREENUP — Roger F. Coleman, 61, of Flatwoods, formerly of St. Charles, Illinois, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at his residence.

Mr. Coleman was born Feb. 5, 1951, in LaSalle, Illinois, a son of Phyllis Landers Coleman and the late Ronald W. Coleman. He was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Pete and Florence Coleman; maternal grandparents, William and Elizabeth Landers; and his brother-in-law John Picco.

Mr. Coleman graduated from LaSalle Peru High School class of ’69, attended Illinois Valley Community College, and Southern Illinois University. Roger Coleman started his career in ad sales at the News Tribune in LaSalle, Ill., and moved to the Tampa Tribune, in Tampa, Fla. He then moved to St. Charles, Ill. and spent 20 years at the Kane County Chronicle, becoming the publisher. In 2002 he became publisher of The Independent, in Ashland. He was the president of Conley Media in Wis., and then became publisher of the Hudson-Catskill Newspaper in Hudson, New York. He always believed in being active in the lives of his family and his profession. Most recently he was past president of the New York Press Association.

Mr. Coleman was a devout Catholic. He helped develop his family’s strong ties to the St. John Neuman Catholic Church in St. Charles, Illinois. He attended and was committed to the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, since moving to this area.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of over 37 years, Christie Stevenson Coleman; two daughters, Courtney Anne Coleman of New York City,  N.Y., and Ashley Elizabeth and her husband, Daniel Kilgore of Savannah, Ga; “papa” to two grandchildren, Colton Brentley and Collins Teagan Kilgore; a brother, Rick, and his wife, Donna Coleman of Utica, Ill.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Glenn and Dorothy Stevenson, of Utica, Ill.; sister-in-law, Cindy Picco of Middlebury, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Tom Stevenson of Peru, Ill., Tim Stevenson, of Waunakee, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Mary’s Church in Utica, Illinois, with Monsignor James Swaner officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Vincent Cemetery in LaSalle, Ill., where he will be laid to rest with his father.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Hurst Funeral Home in LaSalle, Ill.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland with the Rev. Garrett Bugg and the Rev. Jennifer Johnson officiating.

 In lieu of flowers a memorial fund, Roger F. Coleman Grandchildren’s Education Fund, has been established in care of Bailey Family Funeral Home, 2110 Argillite Rd. Flatwoods, Ky. 41139

Condolences may be left for the family at


#10 Kimberly Tyler 2013-05-15 00:22
Hi Chris,

This is Kimberly (Kooyenga ) Tyler, from NIU... I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have been trying to locate you. Please send me an email at .

All my best,
#9 George & Diana Cage 2013-01-05 19:05
Christie and family,
We are shocked to hear about Roger. He was a friend for many years. Please accept our sincere condolences, you are in our prayers.
#8 Gerald White, NY 2013-01-03 21:41
Roger was a good guy! Great sense of humor. He told me a story not long ago about how it was nice to see the golf ball again as it went down the Fairway. A result of his eye operation. Even though we may not be able to see Roger going down the Fairway anymore, I know he'll be there just as his ball was, straight and true! I'll Miss You Roger! Jerry
#7 Skip Bliss 2013-01-03 17:02
I have been a board member of Shaw Media for many years and had the distinct privilege of working with Roger during my early years on the Board. He was always professional and accomplished a great deal during his tenure with Shaw. I always found him to be bright, engaging,intere sting, and fun. I know he was very proud of his family as he often talked about the accomplishments of his daughters. I always thought of him as a terrific guy, and he will surely be missed.
#6 Amy Wink 2013-01-03 15:12
I offer my sincere condolences and prayers to Roger's family and friends. I knew him through the Hudson Register-Star and will always remember him as a professional, gracious, kind, warm person.

You will be missed, Roger.
#5 Dan Cawley 2013-01-03 03:12
I'm shocked to hear of Roger's passing. He was such a good friend and always considerate of everyone else and yes so committed to his wife and daughters. One of those people you don't see for long periods of time yet when you do it seems like it was just a few days. Always made me feel like the most important thing going on was the conversation we were having.
So so sorry. Rest in God's peace my friend! I will see you when I get there!
#4 Kari Rieser 2013-01-03 01:24
I amso sorry for your loss and for ours, in Hudson. Roger was a afbulous friend and great man and I am so saddened by his passing its almost unbelievable. He was a true renaissance man and he will be missed. Hudson Rotary just won't be the same without him. Goodbye Roger
#3 Karrie 2013-01-03 00:17
My heartfelt condolences to you Chris, and the girls, i was so saddened to hear this devastating news. Many hugs to you all

#2 Jerry and Ruth Smith 2013-01-02 20:20
Our condolences go out to you, Courtney and Ashley. We are so sorry for your loss. Roger was a great friend.

Ruth and Jerry Smith
#1 Clifford Richner 2013-01-02 19:34
Dear Christie and family -
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Roger's sudden passing. We have served together on many NYPA boards and committees over the years and I've always been impressed by his intelligence, his business acumen and his compassion.

He was a great leader of NYPA and will be greatly missed.

My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Clifford Richner
Richner Communications, Inc.

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