Gilbert E. Coatman

May 24, 1931 - January 31, 2022

Gilbert E. Coatman, beloved husband of Delores (Alberts) for 70 years, passed away on January 31, 2022. Born to Sterling and Eleanor Coatman on May 24, 1931, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Gilbert served his country as a National Guardsman for 32 years retiring in 1988 as a CW4. He is a recipient of The Army Commendation Medal for his service during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

He was an outstanding athlete and student participating in football, basketball, and track as well as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Fairbury Junior College. He went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Economics.

In his spare time, Gilbert could be found fishing, golfing, tending to his garden, tinkering with computers, spending time with family, and enjoying his grandchildren.

Gilbert is survived by wife Delores Coatman; daughters Pam (Stan) Hegener and Peggy (Ron) Gentzler; son Kim Coatman; grandchildren Tricia Carr, Spence Hegener, Keri Mitchell, Katherine Brown; great-grandchildren Grace Hegener, Grant Hegener, Peyton Carr, Caleb Carr, McCoy Mitchell, Walker Hancock, Cord Brown, Ava Karis Brown, Briley Brown; brothers Larry Coatman and Ed Coatman; and sisters Colleen Williams and Suzanne Markham. Foster grandson Adrian Stewart and family.

Preceded in death by his parents Sterling and Eleanor Coatman; sisters Peggy Coatman and Evaline Halvorsen; brothers Simon Lee Coatman, and great-grandson Thomas Gerald Mitchell.

Celebration of the Life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 10:30AM at the American Lutheran Church, 4200 Vine Street, Lincoln, NE 68503.

Burial at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Memorials to the American Lutheran Church.



Celebration of Life

American Lutheran Church

4200 Vine Street

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April 26, 2022

I worked with Gil at the National Guard for many years. He was the most caring person. I had just had my 3rd child when I found out that my mother was not going to live and had to make a emergency trip to Mississippi. Gil knew we didn’t have much money and he called to see if I needed money to make the trip to see my mom. He always put family first.

– Suzy Oglesby Johnson
February 8, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss of your husband, father and grandfather. My sympathies to you all!

– JeanneJudds
February 6, 2022

I worked for Gil at the National Guard. He was a wonderful supervisor and caring person. When I was pregnant and they were painting the building, he sent me home as he thought the fumes might be harmful. I quit working after the birth of a beautiful daughter. I thought very highly of Gil and Delores. May she and her family comfort one another at this time. Love as ever,

– Barbara Perdew
February 5, 2022

Pam, Peggy, and Kim – my heart is with your families in your time of sorrow.

– Pam Fitzwater-Johansen
February 4, 2022

My thoughts and Prayers are with you, Pam, Peggy and Kim in your loss.


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