Ross Milton Coon

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Ross Milton Coon

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, Ross Milton Coon passed away at his home in Auburn, Calif., after struggling with a prolonged battle with cancer. Ross was a good man.
Born in Sacramento to Doris and Elbert Coon, Ross saw the greatest times in our history as a nation. As a child, he watched the trains roll into the city at sunset, while waiting for his father Al to return home from the war in the Pacific. He loved the rumble of the trains and couldn't fall asleep without feeling them pass by late at night. He never forgot the rationed food, blinds and low beams on public busses, or the fear of being bombed by the Japanese during the war. He would always say that the problems we have now are just as big to us as those his generation faced.
Growing up, he raced go carts, went hunting with his Dad and Grandpa, and competed in shooting contests. He spent summers with family friends and his buddy Kerry Gallard in Hope Valley where they would finish until the sun was low behind the mountains. He remembered a time when his classmates brought shotguns to school to shoot ducks for their teacher who, in turn cooked them for lunch. Imagine if your child did that now? In reality he witnessed the transition from the old world to the world we live in today.
After graduating Grant High School in 1958, Ross joined the Air National Guard while also studying at Sacramento State. Many years later he acquired a Master's Degree in Bull****. In fact, he could bull**** with just about anyone, and had a joke for everything under the sun. While juggling working as a grocery store clerk, studying for his teaching credentials, and spending weekends cooking for the service, Ross married his high school sweetheart, Janie Harelson, and shortly after graduating began teaching elementary school. Ross may not have fought in any battles, but he was a veteran all the same. He was covered with our red, white, and blue, in honor: as he left his home for the last time.
Ross never stopped loving the outdoors, and took his family camping many times. He was an excellent fly fisherman.
Ross had a kind heart under his tough man façade. He was always willing to teach, and he was good at it. His children and grandchildren would not be who they are or know many of the important things they know without his willingness to sit, listen, argue, and critique.
As events unfurled in his life, Ross was little affected by them. The changing world never really changed who he purposed himself to be. Though ornery, stubborn, and a smart***, Ross eventually accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and received strength to overcome some of his struggles. The tall walls around his soft heart began to fall, and in his last days, though in pain, he was at peace.
Ross is survived by: his wife of over fifty years, Janie, his daughters Kellie Haldeman (Jan), and Terry Habecker (Greg), his grandchildren Ridge, Drew, Kiana, and Gabriella, his step-grandchildren, Jason and Dayna, his great-grandson William, step-great-grandchildren Nick, Ashlee, and Riley, his mother Doris, his brother Lyn, sister-in-law Cindy, and lifelong friends, George Zarzana and Bill Fields.
A Celebration of Life will be held at his daughter's house in Auburn on April 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Call for details. Bring a photo to share and plant a tree in your yard in remembrance of Ross.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Apr. 25, 2014