715 North Wooster Avenue ● P.O. Box 425 ● Dover, Ohio 44622 ● Office: (330) 343-7122 or (800) 858-9917 ● Fax: (330) 343-6644 E-mail: pretorius@tusco.net



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715 North Wooster Avenue
Dover, Ohio 44622
Office: (330) 343-7122 or (800) 858-9917
Fax: (330) 343-6644
E-mail: pretorius@tusco.net

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The torch of the Pretorius Coleman Insurance Agency has past down to its third generation of the Pretorius family. This family has strong roots in the Dover/New Philadelphia community, not only business wise, but as active citizens. 

Walter F. Pretorius, Sr., who first started the agency in 1936, initially began representing the The Travelers Insurance Company as an independent agent. 

Walter and his wife raised three children and were members of the Grace Lutheran Church. He was also on the founding boards of Trumpet in the Land, Dover Library, and Tuscarawas Philharmonic.  Walter was also an active member of the local Kiwanis club.

After serving in the army, Calvin C. Pretorius, Sr. joined his father in the family business in 1957. At that time, they expanded their offering of insurance companies to provide better savings to their customers by offering them choices. Over the years this proved to be a sound philosophy. 

Calvin and his wife raised eight children and were members of the Trinity Episcopal Church. He was an active member of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and Chamber of Commerce.  Additionally, Calvin was president of Dover Rotary Club and Trumpet in the Land.

Miriam K. Pretorius, who is the current owner of the agency, started working in the family business after graduating from the University of Akron. She became owner in 1997.

Miriam raised three children in the Dover/New Philadelphia area. Just as her father and grandfather, she is an active member of the community, including her membership to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Dover Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the annual outdoor production of Trumpet in the Land.

There are some people who believe that all insurance providers are the same, and that captive agents or telephone agents from individual insurance companies are the only source of obtaining insurance. This is a misconception.

Being an Independent Insurance Agency, Pretorius Coleman represents a number of well-known quality insurance companies. This provides you with the power of competition with one stop shopping.

"Insure with a Friend" -- At Pretorius Coleman we enjoy meeting with potential clients like you face to face to discuss your insurance needs. We welcome the opportunity to show you what we have to offer. Then we research our affiliated insurance companies to find you the best combination of price, coverage and service.

In an unfortunate event where you would need to file a claim, Pretorius Coleman can contact the insurance company, help you fill out claim forms, initiate the claim process, advise you on the progress of your claim, and work closely with the insurance company to make sure you get a prompt and fair settlement of a valid claim.

As a community based business we care about our clients, because they are our foundation. It's been a family tradition to care for our clients since 1936.


A lot could be improved on call centers that are supposed to offer assistance to customers. After going through a series of questions and button pushing to find the assistance you're looking for, you're often greeted with ingenuous customer service representatives who offer canned responses to your questions.

Here at Pretorius Coleman we strive to know our customers and provide assistance with a personal touch. We want to help you with your questions and hopefully provide answers that will make this a comfortable experience for you.

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