Elmer F. Coon Jr., 97, a resident of Mimbres, N.M. entered eternal rest Monday, June 10, 2013 at his residence. He was born June 29, 1915 in Flint, Mich., to Elmer F. Coon Sr. and Jennie Nelson. Mr. Coon was a veteran of World War II. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Alma College, Alma Michigan in 1949. He taught music at Lakeview High School, Lakeview, Mich. from 1949-1977. After retirement, he directed the Flat River Community Players for 8 years. He was a co-founder and the administrator for 15 years of Sunshine Camp (for underprivileged children). Coon and his wife Mary moved to Mimbres, N.M., in 1985. He taught strings at the WNMU music department from 1992-2001. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Mid-Continent University in 2010. Aside from his own family, his students were the most important part of his life. He is survived by one son, Charles Michael "Mick" Coon and wife Carol of Silver City; one daughter, Julie van der Schalie and husband Nick of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren, Christopher Coon and wife Danise of Las Cruces; Jeffery Coon and companion Kandy of Durant, Okla.; Anne Hong and husband David of Irvin, Calif.; Kurt van der Schalie and wife Sarah of Bethesda, Mass.; six great-grandchildren, Auriana Coon, Blake Coon, Emma and Soren Hong, Cora and Beckett van der Schalie; two brothers, Lloyd Coon of Swartz Creek, Mich.; Rev. David P. Coon and wife Joanne of Kamuela, Hawaii; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 51 years., Mary; one sister, Marion Conat and one brother, John Coon. A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard with Father Paul Moore & Father Robert Ihlefeld officiating. In lieu of flowers family requests donations be made to "The Elmer and Mary Coon Memorial Scholarship Fund" Mail to: Lakeview Area Community Fund, 101 N. Lafayette St., Greenville, MI 48838 or Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard Box 2795 Silver City, NM 88062. Cremation will take place at Terrazas Crematory. Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Crematory "Trusted care for the ones you love" ~ 575-537-0777. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from June 14 to June 15, 2013