Lt. Col. John H. Coley III USA (ret), beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away May 7, 2005. John was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado to John and Frances Coley on March 14, 1939. John was a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University. He served his country proudly for 23 years including two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and The Vietnam Service Medal. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Ann Phillips and husband, James Phillips; son, John Hyde Coley IV and wife, Lisa D. Coley; daughter, Deborah Flynn and husband, Mark B. Flynn; grandchildren, Heather Coley, V.J. Kilburn, Eric Coley and Noelle Coley; and his loving and caring companion, Reina Benson. The family would like to thank the staff at the Vitas Hospice inpatient care facility for the kind and compassionate care given. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Vitas Foundation for End of Life Care at 5430 Fredericksburg Rd. Ste. 200 San Antonio, TX 78229. To leave a note for the family, go to www.meadowlawn.net and Select Obituaries. Arrangements by MeadowLawn Crematory and American Mortuary.

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  1. Believe that tears can heal, that memories can comfort, that love lives on forever. With Sympathy

  2. John sparkled with a radiant light that drew others to him. All who knew him were privileged to have warmed their hearts by the fire of his great and loving soul.

  3. John, we really enjoyed playing dominoes and poker, fishing, camping, and drinking beer and a little scotch. Both the dog and the cat enjoy the doggie door you installed in the French doors. You enriched all our lives, and you will be sorely missed. Thanks for being our friend!

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