James E. “Duke” Coleman

James E. “Duke” Coleman

May 13, 1936 - February 01, 2024

James E. “Duke” Coleman

May 13, 1936 - February 01, 2024


James E. “Duke” Coleman, 87, of Beaver, died on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley – Beaver.

Born on May 13, 1936, in Rochester, he was the son of the late Richard and Mabel (Atkinson) Hamilton.

Duke was a proud veteran of the United States Army and had retired from United Airlines as an Aircraft Mechanic.  He was an outstanding man and will be remembered fondly.  Following retirement, Duke was often found in the garage talking with neighbors, working on clocks, going to car cruises, and weekly trips to Mountaineer with his brother-in-law, Tom.  Duke and his companion, Barbara, often enjoyed traveling, attending Garrison Days, and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Coleman; a brother, Robert (Miriam) Coleman; and a sister, Linda Belczyk.

He is survived by his loving companion of 25 years, Barbara Shaffer and her daughter, Carolyn (Ron) Wolfe; granddaughters, Kimberly and Courtney Wolfe; a brother, Rick Hamilton; nieces and nephews, Sharon (John) Gulish, Terry (Paul) Burlingame, Diana Parsons, Thomas (Linda) Belczyk, and Eric Hamilton; numerous great nieces, nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, February 6th from 6PM – 8PM in the GABAUER-TODD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES (Branch), 340 Third Street, Beaver, with Fr. Howard Campbell as Celebrant.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 7th at 10AM at Saints Peter and Paul Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 200 Third Street, Beaver.

Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park where the Beaver County Special Unit will accord military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Duke’s honor to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, Concordia Lutheran Ministries, www.concordialm.org/charitable-giving, or Good Samaritan Hospice, Heritage Valley – Beaver, 1000 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15009.

Duke’s family wishes to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Good Samaritan Hospice for their care.


  • Date & Time: February 06, 2024 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
  • Venue: Gabauer-Todd Funeral And Cremation Services
  • Location: 340 3rd St, Beaver, PA 15009 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (724) 775-0674

Mass of Christian Burial

  • Date & Time: February 07, 2024 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church
  • Location: 200 Third St. Beaver, PA 15009 - (Get Directions)

American Cancer Society

Concordia Lutheran Ministries

Good Samaritan Hospice

  • Address: 1000 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15009

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