Tribute: Thomas D. Coltman

Thomas D. Coltman, 93, died October 5

Thomas D. Coltman, Wayne Township, Ohio - obit

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Thomas D. Coltman, age 93, of Wayne Township, Ohio, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

He was born June 15, 1923, in Mantua, Ohio, a son of John B. and Clara C. (Dobson) Coltman.

Formerly of Gustavus, Ohio, Mr. Coltman married Roxie P. Briggs on January 17, 1943. He and his wife wintered for 28 years in North Fort Myers, Florida and together they owned and operated a dairy farm in Wayne for many years.

He attended the First United Methodist Church of Andover; was a member of the Laker Ruritan Club, the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau, the Soil Conservation Club and COBA. He served as a Wayne township trustee for over 20 years. Mr. Coltman had a love of playing the fiddle and was a “Happy Volunteers” in Kinsman and played for area nursing homes. He had a love of music and enjoyed his farming.

Mr. Coltman is survived by a daughter, RoxieAnn (Frank) Rossiter of Hiram, Ohio; two sons, Thomas L. Coltman, Sr. of Andover, Ohio, and Kenneth R. (June) Coltman of Wayne Township; daughter-in-law, Sandra Coltman of Wayne Township; six grandchildren, Tom L. (Donna) Coltman, Jr. of Wayne Township, Russ (Kenna) Coltman of Conneaut, Ohio, Suzanne (Brian) Theobald of Trenton, Ohio, Kim (Brian) Stark of Edgerton, Ohio, Brandy (Jason) Collings of Wayne Township and Janet Rossiter of Indianapolis, Indiana; 17 great-grandchildren, Jessica (Ben) Kocab of Kinsman, Tim Coltman of Wayne Township, Joshua Coltman of Columbus, Ohio, Jonathon and Elizabeth Coltman, both of Wayne Township, Bennett, Elizana, Caleb, Ethan, and Quin Coltman, all of Conneaut, Ohio, Cassie, Alanna, and Brooks Theobald, all of Trenton, Ohio, Holly, Evan, and Brayden Stark, all of Edgerton, Ohio and Hunter Collings of Wayne Township; two great-great grandchildren, Vanessa and Abagail Kocab of Kinsman and his friend and travel companion, Roberta Hill of Andover.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of seventy-one years, Roxie P. Coltman, on March 11, 2014 and two brothers, John and Ralph Coltman.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St., Andover, Ohio.

Burial will follow in Hayes Cemetery, Wayne Township, Ohio.

Calling hours will be on Friday, October 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Heart Association.

An online guestbook is available at

A television tribute will air Friday, October 7 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.

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