Robert Dean Coldren, 87

Robert Dean Coldren, 87, of Richvalley, died at 12:25 a.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at Parkview Wabash Hospital in Wabash.

He was born July 13, 1929, in Wabash, to Walter E. and Chloe Mary (Thomas) Coldren.

Dean graduated from Linlawn High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Norma Jane Niccum in Wabash on January 15, 1950; she died Jan. 17, 2013.

Dean drove a truck for Walter E. Coldren Trucking in Richvalley. He enjoyed fishing, playing chess and euchre, and spending time with his grandkids. 

He is survived by his two children, Linda (Larry) Thrush of Wabash, and David (Cyndi) Coldren of Moncks Corner, S.C.; his daughter-in-law, Georgi Coldren of Fishers; seven grandchildren, Larry Thrush, Jr. of Wabash, Mark (Kelly) Thrush of New Castle, Cassie Coldren of Columbus, Ohio, Joe Thrush and Kate Thrush, both of Wabash, Delaney Coldren and Kylie Coldren, both of Moncks Corner, and three great-grandchildren, Maitlyn Thrush of Warren,  Treyton Thrush and Natalie Hileman, both of Wabash. 

He was also preceded in death by his son, Daniel Coldren, his twin sister, Rose Mary Coldren, and his three brothers, Walter Coldren Jr., James David "JD" Coldren and Claude Coldren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Friday, April 21, 2017 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion. Friends may call Thursday, April  20, 2017, 4 - 8 pm at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for Dean may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Apr 11