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Scott Alan Coltrain

October 29, 1961 ~ July 11, 2019 (age 57)


Scott Alan Coltrain, 57, went to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, July 11, 2019, while battling with various ailments associated with his unique, congenital bone disease. Scott was born on October 29, 1961 in Des Moines, IA to Jack Ray and Jean Louise (Tharp) Coltrain, both of whom graduated from Ottumwa High School and married in Ottumwa, IA.

Scott graduated from the Des Moines Technical High School in 1980, where he majored in Radio & Television Production and Broadcast Journalism. He wrote a weekly science news program, which aired on KDPS-AM, and served as reporter turned Editor-in-Chief of the school's newspaper during his Senior year. Upon graduation, he was offered 4-year, tuition-free scholarships from many colleges and universities in Iowa and a handful from neighboring States. After much prayer, Scott chose to enter a full-time teaching ministry with the churches of Christ. This choice was a fruit of his conversion to Christianity and a life-long personal commitment to his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, back in June, 1972. Scott has enjoyed above all other labors the teaching of the Scriptures, whether it be through pulpit preaching, radio programs, or writing articles, tracts and books on Biblical doctrines and Christian living. In 2016, Scott initiated the launch of an evangelistic project in India. In association with the churches of Christ, Scott provided educational materials, spiritual encouragement, and financial assistance to 9 native-born evangelists in India. The on-going project has resulted, thus far, in the conversion of over 2000 individuals and the creation of dozens of new church congregations.

Outside of his formal ministry, Scott promoted pro-life and pro-family political candidates and legislation. He worked primarily through the Republican Party, devising and supporting pro-life/pro-family planks in the State's GOP Platform. He was elected Chairman of the Polk County Republican Party in 1999. He was employed by a presidential and, later, a gubernatorial campaign. Due to his positions within the Party, Scott had opportunity to meet some former U.S. Presidents and influential Congressmen. The highlight for him was his ability to meet and converse with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

On August 30, 1997 in Des Moines, Scott married Molly Ruth Ward of Ottumwa, Iowa. The two had known and dated each other for over a decade prior to their actual engagement and wedding. To this blessed union was born 2 sons: James Solomon and Benjamin Eli.

Other than his wife and sons, he leaves behind his siblings: Jack Ray and Linda (Morrison) Coltrain of Le Sueur, Minnesota; Toni Jean (John J.) Rand of Des Moines, Iowa; and Timothy Lee and Elizabeth (Clayton) Coltrain of Des Moines, Iowa; several nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Preceding Scott in death is his grandparents, Ray and Elsie (Matherly) Coltrain; Frank and Myrtle (Kephart) Tharp; both parents, Jack and Jean Coltrain; and an infant brother, James Craig Coltrain.

A private graveside service and burial was conducted at Sales Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa for immediate family. A Celebration Of Life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Indianola Activity Center, located at 2204 West 2nd Ave.; Indianola, IA 50125 from 1 - 4pm.   Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at


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Celebration of Life
October 26, 2019

1:00 PM
Indianola Activity Center
2204 W 2nd Ave
Indianola, IA 50125

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