Dr. Ray L. Coleman

September 23, 1943January 5, 2020

Dr. Ray Lee Coleman PhD., 76, a SnowBird between Louisvillle, KY & Punta Gorda, FL went to be in Glory on Sunday January 5th at Norton Brownsboro Hospital after a brief illness.

The family will accept guest from 11:00am-2:00pm at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218.Resthaven. With a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00pm

Ray was born on September 23, 1943 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia and grew up in Pomeroy, Ohio. Ray had a genius intellect & after earning his Bachelor’s of Science, obtained Doctoral degrees in Organic Chemistry & Nutrition. While attending U of K for his graduate studies (50 years ago this New Years Eve) he met the woman of his dreams. By 1971 he was proud to call Elizabeth Damron his beloved wife. In 1974 he became a doting father & was a most devoted, loving example of fatherhood that lives on in his 3 children. He lived for family vacations which typically involved a golf course & a beach, for coaching & mentoring his son in sports, for week long board game battles during Christmas break. He was always quick with a joke & could fix anything as long as he had his duct tape. After retiring from Süd-Chemie he dedicated his time to Health Consulting. Ray was an accomplished Scientist, a published Author, a World Traveler & a Baptized Believer.

Preceding him in death is his mother Peggy Coleman and step-father Lloyd Hoffman.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Coleman, Sister Carolyn Searls, Children, Tiffany Schuster (Jason), Tara Schott (Bill) & Trent Coleman (Christy) Grandchildren, Ginger Coleman, Catherine, Alex & Nicklaus Schuster; Ethan, Tenley & Trinity Schott; Elizabeth, Nathan, Ryleigh, & Trevor, Parry; Kayden & Hunter Coleman; Great-Grandson LJ Hunt & numerous nieces & nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 11, 2020


Dr. Ray L. Coleman

have a memory or condolence to add?

Betty Rogers

January 23, 2020

So Sorry 🙏 Elizabeth, this is Susie Taylor’s daughter. Will you call me please? 502-348-5330

Trenton Coleman

January 11, 2020


My Dad was awesome! He used to travel for work, but he stopped so he could be around us more. He always made sure we were taken care of & had everything we needed growing up. I couldn’t have asked for a better Father & mentor. I can only hope to be half the father he was.

I never heard him say anything bad about someone else. Even though he didn’t always say it, I know he loved his family more than anything. He was a good Christian man with a good heart even though he would nod off during church a bit. Yes, I’m the same way. I’m very much like my Dad in many ways while being very different in many ways. He was a brilliant bookworm while I hated school & have never been much of a reader.

I wish I could remember more about our family trips to Florida, or camping below Lake Cumberland & grilling trout. My fondest memory was the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla when Tiger battled Bob May in that epic playoff. I’ll never forget that. We went all four days and after the final group finished the front nine we would go to Applebees to have a few beers & watch it on TV. That was an amazing week. Till this day that is the only PGA event I have ever been to.

I wish I could’ve spent more time with him these past 10 years, but living in Utah makes that kinda hard. He is and always will be missed.

RIP DAD ILU & I’ll see you on the other side.

Jason Schuster

January 8, 2020

“Mr. C”, as I called him, was a remarkable Father, Husband and mentor and bestowed incredible memories upon our family. His acts of kindness are so plentiful that it makes it difficult to narrow down.
I suppose my fondest recollections occur during our many trips to the Cave City condo. I had never really played golf before I met his Daughter Tiffany but was quickly indoctrinated (with the help of his Son Trent). I believe Mark Twain said “Golf is a good walk spoiled”, he couldn’t have been more correct! Despite my struggles Mr. C stayed focused and managed to drag me back for another round...I did not improve but I learned many lessons, most notably patience and persistence.
I never saw him throw a club or curse at the course, he kept an even keel that set a great example for not only me but my children who later had the wonderful opportunity to play with Mr. C.
He always kept a positive outlook, which as a long suffering UK football fan you must maintain! Tiffany and I spent many Saturday afternoons attending games at Commonwealth stadium (sorry, I refuse to call it Kroger Field!) and often times the highlight of our day was returning to the Coleman’s house for a hot bowl of Ray’s famous chili!
Mr. C, I will never forget the love and kindness you demonstrated to me and the kiddos, we will surely miss you and are only appeased by the fact that you are in a better have certainly earned it!

We Love you,
Jason Schuster and Family

J. Douglas Ferry

January 8, 2020

Ray and I graduated from Bethany College (1965) and we both received our doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Kentucky in the early 70’s. We are fraternity brothers and were roommates for approximately 8 years from 1961 to 1971 when Ray and Liz got married. I lost my best roommate but I had 10 wonderful years of memories.
I married Debbie Turner in 1974 and since then we have always kept close with Ray and Liz . Since our retirements we have traveled to Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Florida to be together.
I’m happy that you, Deb and I could show off Bethany College to Liz when we visited the campus for our 50th reunion.
I do love you like a brother and will miss you forever.
Liz, Deb and I will always be there for you.
Love Doug


January 7, 2020

I only met Ray a few times, but I have fond memories of him. He was gracious, intelligent and loved his family. I was so sorry to hear of his passing, but I know he is with Jesus Christ and he is on to a new and glorious path.

Ronnie Miller

January 6, 2020

What can I say about this man I have many memories. Though I am no longer his son n law. Ray was a very good man who taught me a lot about life he introduced me to golf welcomed me into his family and was always there for me while I lived in Louisville Ky. His wit and intellect were second to none and he loved to laugh. He loved Liz and his children and I always admired how he knew when to say yes dear which was a lot. I am so saddened by his passing but he will live eternally in your hearts as well as Heaven. I am a blessed man for knowing Ray COLEMAN