Rufus Alexander Coleman Sr. (a.k.a Bebe) was born on July 13, 1943 in McAlester, Oklahoma and later moved to Omaha, NE in 1956 with his family. Rufus (age 57) began and ended his career working for Sperry Vickers plant as a machine operator before retiring after more than 40 years working.
He loved riding motorcycles, working on his cars- especially Fords & Cadillacs, playing softball, golf and tinkering. Rufus was not shy when it came to expressing his opinions or lecturing kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews on life lessons. He was preceded in death by his parents-Ishmeal Coleman Sr. & Ruby Coleman, Son-Rufus Alexander Coleman Jr., Sister Sharon K. Emsweller, father & mother in law- Francis Ebow Sr. Melba Ebow, brother in law-Carrol (Cal) Ebow, Francis (Joyce) Ebow Jr., sister in law-Norma Jean Abraham. He will leave behind his loving wife of 56 years, Zelmae Ebow-Coleman, three daughters Tonya L. Coleman, Tari (Micheal) Kent Sr., and Tamarian (Joseph) Del Conte. He had 7 grandkids- Uniquika & Gene Hollins, Michael Jr., Tristen, Treven, Domonique, and DonaVon and 14 great grandkids. He leaves brother behind Ishmeal (Kate) Coleman Jr., brother in law-Dave Emsweller, sisters in law-Gerri Ebow, Besse Ebow, a host of cousins, nieces & nephews.
We will remember his wittiness, love of the Golden Coral and saying, "Don't be sending me any customers"!
We love you Rufus/ Daddy / Uncle/ Brother /Friend and Husband until we meet again!
Rest in Heaven,
Zelmae, Tonya, Tari & Tammy
Please click on the link below to watch a memorial video made with love by the family:
Open viewing Monday, April 27, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A private family graveside will be held Tuesday, April 28 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of food and flowers due to COVID-19 gifts cards and monetary donations are welcomed but not required.
Services will begin streaming live at approximately 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 28. To view, please go to Forest Lawn Cemetery's Facebook page. It will be available live and then uploaded later in case you are unable to watch at 11:00 A.M.
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Sending lots of comfort and peace during at this time from Indianapolis. What a wonderful life lived! The video tribute was simply beautiful. Memories last forever.
Shonnie & Family
Big Brother Rufus !! My mom introduced you to her beautiful niece 57-years ahi! When My sister/cousin came to lived with us. I knew you before and watched you become the Great Husband excellent father of the most beautiful children ( my godson PeeWee) and those beautiful grand children. Give my love to ALL your family & mine. RIParadise & Enjoy your Wings. Until we meet again. Forever a big brother. Gone but never to be forgotten. Vonceal (June. Wendy/Kevin) & family.
🙏🏾 ❤️ Heartfelt Prayers & Deepest Sympathy. In Spirit I AM Today With My Omaha Family: at Brother-Cousin’n Law, Rufus Coleman’s Home going:
RIParadise Rufus!!! ❤️🙏🏾
I am so sorry for your loss. Rufus was a dear friend of mine that I will always remember and cherish. My prayers are with the entire family.
Aunt Mae Mae and my dear cousins,
My thoughts and prayers are with y’all during the loss of Uncle Rufus. May the Lord give y’all peace and strength and may Uncle Rufus rest in eternal peace. I love you all GOD Bless!!
May you be comforted in your time of loss. May God be pleased with Cousin Rufus. I always associate him with those big and shiny motorcycles. I cherish those fond memories. Rest in Paradise Cousin Rufus. Love, Wendy (Franklin) Muhammad
May fond memories and God’s loving words carry you through and beyond this difficult time of mourning. Isaiah 57:15
Aunt Mae, Tari, Tammy, Tonya and family, Our deepest sympathy for you all! Take comfort in knowing that he is amongst all our Angels. Wish we could be there physically but know that our hearts and prayers are with you all! Love you all!
Tonya,Tari and family, Sending hugs and prayers your way. I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s death, and please know that I’ll be praying for everyone at this painful time. Vallery Johnson-Stewart
Jax keeps asking about you, Toby, and Aunt Mae. I’m so glad he was able to meet you and we won’t let him forget you. I’ll miss you, especially on Facebook (lol), and we promise to love on and care for Aunt Mae as best as we can. Take your rest big guy! We love you!
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