In Memory of

Joseph "Joe" Coleman

Full Name: Joseph P. Coleman
Date of Birth: July 5, 1963
Date of Death: July 9, 2020
July 19, 2020 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Lewistown
Service Information:
July 20, 2020 - A Private Family Graveside Service at Oak Hill

Lewistown- Joseph P. “Joe” Coleman, 57, of Lewistown, passed away at 8:50 PM Thursday July 9, 2020 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born July 5, 1963 at Macomb, the son of Lawrence and Lois E. (Burgard) Coleman. Survivors include his mother, Lois Gorsage of Canton, three brothers, Terry (Liz) Coleman of Loves Park, IL, Donald (Michelle) Gorsage of Canton, and Robert Gorsage of Lewistown, one sister, Patti (Aaron) Oest of Lewistown, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and step father, Donald Gorsage.

Joe worked at the former Goodman Sawmill in Lewistown for many years. He was a graduate of Lewistown High School where he was very active in sports and especially basketball. During high school he was named an All State Basketball Player, and was also the MVP at the Macomb and Fulton County Basketball Tournaments. He was an avid Pittsburg Pirates and Washington Redskins fan.

A visitation will be held Sunday July 19th from 1-3 PM at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown. A private family graveside service and burial will be held on Monday July 20th at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown with Reverend Larry Wright officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewistown Rescue Squad. To view Joe’s life tribute video or to send condolences visit

To view video tribute click here.

From: Lorenda Alvin SpilkerJul 11 2020 7:12PM
Our very deepest sympathy to Joe's family. When one grows up in Lewistown you know everyone and we become like family. Our hearts are full of sorrow but knowing Joe is with the Lord and his family.
From: Lori BurtonJul 11 2020 8:40PM
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Joe’s Family. He was a wonderful friend and I’m deeply heartbroken . R.I.P will be missed ??
From: Randy KinnamonJul 12 2020 12:00PM
My condolences to his family. May you rest in peace.
From: Sandy MorrisonJul 12 2020 11:55PM
My heartfelt condolences to Terry and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers
From: Lynnea DowellJul 13 2020 3:14PM
Lois & Family , Prayers are with you at this difficult time. May herest in Heaven with his Father  Robert & Lanny.
From: Fred Williams Jul 13 2020 7:45PM
Sleepy well my Friend your pain is gone !!!!!
From: corby schnarrJul 13 2020 8:39PM
Rip ole buddy...I'll miss ya,,we had many good talks over the years..and many cold ones.... my thoughts are with the family,,sorry for your loss......
From: Becky BallJul 13 2020 8:39PM
You have my deepest sympathy.   May you fly with Angels,  Joe.  Rest in peace, my friend.
From: Nita HughesJul 13 2020 8:48PM
Lois and family you have my deepest sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Ann HilligJul 13 2020 9:14PM
Lois,Patti and family.
My thoughts and prayers are with
you at this very sad time.
Joe was a gentle soul, I always enjoyed talking with him .
From: Pam( Welker) StuckeyJul 13 2020 9:49PM
To Lois and family: Please know your in our thoughts and prayers .
From: Pam( Welker) StuckeyJul 13 2020 9:49PM
To Lois and family: Please know your in our thoughts and prayers .
From: Everett and Rosie DidenJul 13 2020 9:59PM
Our deepest sympathies to Joe’s entire family.  May he Rest In Peace.
From: Linda MachoJul 13 2020 10:08PM
Lois and extended families and friends: we are very sorry for your loss.  I remember Joe loving the Pirates and collecting memorabilia when he was a teenager.  Sending our sincere condolences during  this difficult time.
From: Dennis PasleyJul 13 2020 10:23PM
RIP ole friend , we shared a lot of good time back in the day ..... Thoughts & Prayers to the family ......
Till we meet again Joe .......    Denny & Rhonda Pasley
From: Blake Hollenback Jul 13 2020 10:50PM
My condolences to Joe's family. I think back on our childhood and have a lot of smiles and memories of our friendship.
From: Julie Mears-FlemingJul 13 2020 10:56PM
My condolences to the family. Very fond memories of Joe while in sports together. My thoughts and prayers to all.
From: Jerry and Janeile BainterJul 13 2020 11:21PM
So very sorry to hear if Joes passing ... he was a very good friend of Jerry’s as you well know ... there are soo many memories of him and Jerry together ! Everything from watching Joe play basketball to going to baseball games. In the van lol ... and the canoe trips on the old spoonie... he will be missed deeply ... may you Rest In Peace Joe. Until we all meet again
From: Ryan ColemanJul 13 2020 11:29PM
Thoughts & prayers to my dad Terry, Grandma Lois, aunt Patti, our extended family, and all the true friends of Joe.  I have early childhood memories of spending time at my grandma's house in Joe's room looking through all of his baseball cards & memorabilia and admiring all of his basketball trophies & awards.  He was a friendly & kind soul.  Last time I got to see him he was in good spirits, eager to talk sports, and he complimented me (and seemed a little jealous) of my Air Jordan sneakers.  I trust Joe is resting easy now and maybe even playing some basketball somewhere.  Rest in Peace
From: Pj Wilcoxen Jul 14 2020 12:57AM
From basketball at Ross Mansion Park a long time ago, to our love of the Pirates, always a friend. RIP  Big Joe
From: Wilma Ziegenhorn Jul 14 2020 5:12AM
My deepest condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I've known Joe for many years. We had alot of the same friends, and had some good times. I've always thought alot of Joe and I will cherish the good memories of such a gentle man. So easy going and was liked by everyone who knew him. Joe was a generous man and shared his kindness to so many people. I know that he loved The Redskins football team. He placed a bet for me on my team, as I'm an avid football fan, also. There are just not enough words to express how much of an impact that Joe had on people's lives. I will always keep Joe in my thoughts, my heart, and soul. His mother Lois is such a caring and giving lady. A friend of my mother and her bingo lady friends. Lois, I just want to thank you for everything that you have done for everyone, dear to me. God bless you and your family during this time of grieving.  May God comfort you in your time of need. Sincerely, Wilma Ziegenhorn.
From: Kent B GrayJul 14 2020 5:43AM
My condolences to the family. Joe was a good friend. Spent hours upon hours talking all kinds of sports with him. He will be missed. RIP old buddy.
From: Mark and Jan BolenJul 14 2020 8:15AM
Don and family, you have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother.  
From: Ross FordJul 14 2020 8:26AM
My deepest condolences to Joe’s family!!!! May he Rest In Peace
From: Warren and Linda HoweJul 14 2020 8:38AM
Lois and Family
You have our sympathy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Warren and Linda HoweJul 14 2020 8:38AM
Lois and Family
You have our sympathy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Rick snd KathyJul 14 2020 8:47AM
We are so sorry for loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rick and Kathy Heller
From: Mary WoodruffJul 14 2020 9:20AM
Lois, Patti, Donnie and rest of the family my heart goes out to you as I also grieve the passing of your son, brother,and uncle and all our special friend.
Watching him play ball, and seeing him and saying hi. Always knew you and was so soft spoken. Now he is healed and doing what he likes best.
RIP Joe...miss u already. Prayers to all. Momma Sue.
From: Cathy ShawJul 14 2020 11:57AM
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one to Don, Michelle, and family.  Prayers and hugs. ????
From: Reba FordJul 14 2020 12:47PM
Lois & family ~ my heart goes out to you during this difficult time.  I will think of Joe often and remember him fondly.  He was a good guy and will be missed by many.  
From: Rhonda & Chuck SoseyJul 14 2020 5:19PM
We were very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. I (Rhonda) was lucky to have a nice conversation with Joe not long ago & I'll miss doing that. Our sympathies to all of his friends and family, keep your memories alive? RIP Joe
From: Dan and Cathy CookJul 14 2020 5:30PM
Prayers for all the families.
From: Garth and Carolyn CripeJul 14 2020 6:36PM
To Lois and all of the family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. May all the sweet memories bring you comfort.
From: Curtis Tippey Jul 14 2020 7:45PM
It saddens me to hear the passing of Joe. What a great guy and probably one of the best all around athletes of all time in Fulton County. Great times and memories through high school and a few years  after before I moved to Colorado. He was always willing to help us bale hay and walk bean fields on my dad’s farm. Rest In Peace my friend!
From: Darcy Evans NelsonJul 14 2020 9:14PM
Sending my sympathy to Joe’s family.  He was always a special guy to our family!  He will be missed.
From: Cindy PoppenhagerJul 15 2020 11:30AM
I was Joes babysitter when he was young.  I spent many hour laying backyard baseball, looking at baseball cards, making milk shakes, lunch at the Morrison Hideout and biking.  He kept t me active and I was always trying to organize his baseball cards.  Lol
I always thought of Joe as very special and his mom Lous Mt moms best friend.  Prayers for Terry and family and Lois
Cindy Hollenback Poppenhager Lewis
From: Theresa Keefauver Jul 15 2020 11:44AM
To Lois and family please accept our sympathy,  we are praying that you feel God's love and comfort at this difficult time. Rodney and Theresa  Keefauver
From: Judith WeberIIJul 15 2020 12:03PM
I am so sorry for your loss of your loved one. May you be blessed with memories of happier times to
help to heal your broken hearts.
From: Gaylon and Brianna MalottJul 15 2020 12:19PM
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Louis and and Terry’s Family
From: Bob and Susie BucherJul 15 2020 12:57PM
Lois, Terry Liz and family. thinking of your family during this difficult time. Prayers and hugs for all. Love, Bob ,Susie Bucher and family.
From: Marla & Mike Rumler, Darren & Shawn Jones, JonesyJul 15 2020 1:32PM
Lois, Terry, Liz and family- we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. Thinking of all of you.
From: Marla & Mike Rumler, Darren & Shawn Jones, JonesyJul 15 2020 1:32PM
Lois, Terry, Liz and family- we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. Thinking of all of you.
From: Carolyn Yocum MorseJul 15 2020 2:59PM
Joe was my neighbor we spent a lot of time together as kids on South Street in Ipava.  When he moved to Lewistown we lost touch.  Condolences to his family.   RIP Joe
From: Summer MasseyJul 15 2020 7:18PM
To my father joe Colemandeserve to have your memory shared. You were most definitely loved by many Joe. You were the best step-father anybody could ever ask for and you will always remain that same wonderful person to me. It doesn't feel like 13 years but that goes to show how quick time fly's by. We had our many ups and downs throughout the years, but you taught me many valuable lessons in life that every personshould know. I will always hold a special spot for you in my heart and will always cherish our memories together as a family and also a dear friend of mine. You became my best friend towards the end and I just hope you knew that. It was a struggle at times for the both of us but we stuck together just you and I till the very end. You fought on as long as you possibly could at home Joe and I was their to see your true strength as a human being and also the commitment to want to try and better yourself. I'm proud of you for that. But I'm also proud to be able to help you as best as I could when I knew you had no more fight left in you. I'd do it all again if I had to and I truly mean that. I'm gonna miss you more than words can Express big guy and I hope to see you again someday and share a beer or two together. Love you Joe C.. This couldn't of been said any better.
From: Danny G ParryJul 15 2020 8:55PM
Joe and I were 15 years  apart but became good friends and we went to many ball games together. My sympathy goes out  to the entire family.  I love you all and always will. Danny Parry
From: Roger WellJul 15 2020 10:09PM
Lois, I am so sorry for your loss and offer my deepest sympathy to your entire family.  

Joe, my old pal, you better be practicing that jump shot, catching a tight spiral, perfecting the fosbury flop, or sitting back listening to your cool music.  Because when you were doing those things, you were on top of the world.  And so many of us were right there with you.  Our high school years were magical together and you enriched my life and so many others.  This is how I will always remember you Joe.  A teammate, a best friend, and a family member.  Rest in peace brother.
From: Jeffrey Jul 17 2020 2:43PM
Sorry for your loss
From: Jeffrey Lundeen Jul 17 2020 2:45PM
Sorry for your loss
From: Bill CarlJul 18 2020 9:02AM
Very sorry to hear of Joes passing.  RIP..
From: Rich WellJul 20 2020 11:40AM
My thoughts and prayers to all of Joe’s family – the Coleman’s and the Gorsage’s…..

I first met Joe when we were in High School at the Eureka College Dave Darnell Basketball Camp – and it was before we moved to Lewistown…..I knew when we moved to Lewistown before our Soph year that we could have a terrific ball team but what I didn’t know was what a kind sole Joe was and what friends we would become during our HS years……

Some of my fondest memories of Joe and being with Joe….
• We would play stick ball behind McNally for hours…using a tennis ball and a broom stick we would spray paint a box on the wall and the games would begin…..even though Joe did track in HS he was a wonderful pitcher in baseball…..we played in the summer league All Star game and had a blast playing….
• Snow day basketball games……on snow days we would gather at the gym and play for hours……many of the older guys in town would come play and we learned many valuable lessons that would use later in life, and in basketball, from those young men……Joe, Roger, Billy, Chris, JD, Go-Bob, Ned, Peanuts, Sipe and others were all a part of our fun
• Joe and I were on a double date – Joe driving his new car – out in the country – driving slow…..Joe decided to kiss his date and as he took both hands off the wheel we rolled right down the embankment into a ditch……luckily nobody was injured  and not much damage to the car……Joe was the best at always landing on his feet
• Breaking the vaunted 50+ football losing streak when we were Juniors……..Joe was a wonderful receiver and a great target……but what a weight was lifted off our shoulders as the streak came to an end…..we also won our Homecoming game that same year……. Joe catching a TD pass for the only score in one of the games
• Basketball season 1981……what a joy ride for all of us……so many wonderful memories of the County Tourney, playing for the first time at Western Hall and being in the Championship game, playing Havana to the wire 3 times and finally winning the most important time……driving thru town on the Fire Trucks…….

And the list could go on and on…….

My family will always hold Joe in the highest regard and always have wonderful memories of Joe’s time with us……we loved him then, we love him now and we will love him forever……

Rich Well II
From: George and Ann BottenbergJul 22 2020 1:15PM
Our sincere sympathy and condolences, Lois, Terry and Liz, Donnie, Robbie and Patti.  We are so very sorry!
From: Don BurchAug 6 2020 1:48PM
  As a kid - I remember being at Lewistown’s Central Grade School and I was a teammate on Joe’s volleyball team for the After Lunch League.   Our tall team captain Joe was at the front and center (of course) and he instructed me to stand at his right and to set him up for spikes!   No small task – challenging but rewarding!    We didn’t rotate players (it was the rule) and I remember other teammates (who were not having as much fun as Joe and I) asking Joe if they could take my place next to him – but none of them had my height or skill so wise Joe kept me next to him.  We won first place in the volleyball league!   Also, I remember being his teammate on the Little League Baseball team and Joe was our most valuable pitcher (best pitcher in the our league).  He could throw it so fast that it was funny.   The coaches of other teams complained to the umpire when Joe would pitch – both I and the rest of the team would laugh.   From the stands I watched many basketball games that All State & MVP Joe played in at L.C.H.S.   Joe would get the ball by “digging in the trenches” and what a great basketball shot he was!    I am sure all of his teammates found it inspiring to play next to such a talented athlete as Joe.  
   Thanks for the memories Joe, Don Burch

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