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Don Coon

Posted June 10, 2014 in Obituaries, Greene County

February 15, 1924- June 9, 2014

Memorial services for Don Coon, 90, of Jefferson, will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, June 12, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.  Visitation and fellowship will immediately follow in the church fellowship hall.  Inurnment will take place privately at the Jefferson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church in Jefferson or the Jefferson Public Library.

Donald William Coon was born into this world on February 15, 1924, on the family farm in Washington Township, Greene County, Iowa, to parents William and Winnifred Edwards Coon.

Don grew up in a loving home and enjoyed the simple pleasures of farm life alongside older brother, Merle, and younger sister, Eleanor. Special memories include neighborhood ballgames, Christmas at Pleasant Hill Church, playing cards and marbles, and riding the bicycle he won in a drawing at a Jefferson movie theater.

The Coon family gathered round the radio nightly following evening farm chores to enjoy their favorite shows. Don grew up with “Little Orphan Annie,” “Jack Armstrong,” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Don learned the value of hard work, helping with shelling corn, slopping hogs, caring for horses, calves, and chickens, and his least favorite, milking cows.

He fondly remembered family mealtime around the kitchen table. Farm food included fried chicken, bread and gravy, cornmeal mush, and Sunday night popcorn.

Don graduated from Rippey High School and attended Iowa State College. At that time he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Trafton. They married on August 5, 1945. Don and Mary raised four daughters on their farm in Grant Township and remained there together for 68 years. Don was active in his community, serving his church, the Greene County Historical Society, Pleasant Hill Memorial Society, and the Jefferson school board for many years. He and Mary popped countless batches of popcorn and sugar corn at church and for local nursing home residents over the years. Everything Don did he did with a happy, generous, and gracious spirit.

Don’s life reflected his belief in God and the importance of honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for others and self. His faith, his family, and giving to others were the joys of his earthly life.

Don will be sorely missed.

Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, two children, one grandson, one great granddaughter, two brothers, and one sister. He is survived by his four daughters, Denise (Steven) Harberts, Marianne (Roger) Carlson, Teresa (James) Shahan, and Gina (Tom) Harrington, as well as brother-in-law Clark (Lewis Kerman) Trafton, sister-in-law Eva Marie Coon, fourteen grandchildren, and fourteen (soon to be fifteen) great grandchildren.

Information provided by:
Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home
119 West Lincolnway
PO Box 108
Jefferson, Iowa 50129

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