WILLIAM EDWARD COLEMANAfter a life of dedicated service to his country and family, William Edward Coleman, 94, quietly passed away in his sleep at his home in Kailua on May 17, 2022. "Bill" was born on April 7, 1928, in Honolulu and attended 1st through 12th grade at St. Louis School where he graduated in 1946. He played quarterback on the St. Louis 1945 championship varsity football team. After high school, Bill enrolled at the University of Hawaii. Although interested in architecture due to a love of art and drawing, he ultimately graduated in 1951 as a 2nd Lieutenant after completing the ROTC program. Bill embarked on a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, rapidly advancing in the ranks and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then accepted a position at Hawaiian Telephone Company, beginning a second career that spanned 16 years and the attainment of the position of Health Services & Safety Director, retiring for the last time in 1987. In 1952 prior to his first Army posting overseas, Bill married his best friend and sweetheart, Pearl Maile Luning who preceded him in death in 2016. Theirs was a marriage of deep love and faith in God, each other, and their family. Bill is survived by sons William Edward Jr. "Chip" (Trisha), Michael A. "Mike" (Kaleo) and daughters Kaala Coleman, Manu Kaiama (Dexter); 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Paul H. "Gruff" (Dianne). Bill was a natural leader and excellent example of how to be a good citizen, husband, father and grandfather. He always gave 100 percent effort. At great sacrifice to himself and his family he did his duty to protect his country. He will be deeply missed. Services will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Kailua on August 8, 2022. Visitation will be from 10:00am to 10:45am followed by a eulogy at 10:45 and a mass at 11:00am. Celebration of Life gathering to follow at noon in the St. Anthony Parish Hall. Aloha attire. There will be a private scattering of ashes. Online condolences can be expressed @

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