Richard F. Cohoon, 77, of Vandalia, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home.
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Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia, with Bishop Thomas Suey and Pastor Bill Kistler officiating. Burial was in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Monday and from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Christ Tabernacle Church Building Fund, Mid-America Preparatory School or donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Mr. Cohoon was born on Feb. 1, 1936, in Fayette County, the son of James Benjamin and Hilda Lorraine (Wernle) Cohoon. He married Linda Kay Diveley on Oct. 21, 1959, in Vandalia.
He was a pinsetter for the Vandalia bowling alley and a caddie for the Vandalia Country and Golf Club during his youth. He worked as a machine operator and a welder for Conrail for 32 years. He was a member of Christ Tabernacle Church in Herrick. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3862 in Vandalia and of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post No. 95 in Vandalia.
He loved hunting and fishing with family and friends, and enjoyed working in his garden, especially sharing his prize tomatoes.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 53 years; daughters, Cynthia Dothager of Vandalia, and Diana and her husband Gary Smith of Brownstown; three grandchildren, Alicia and her husband Ryan Ball of Grafton, Amber and her husband Zachary Crothers of Sullivan, Chelsea and her husband Emmanuel Garcia of Carol Stream; four great-grandchildren Rosalie Ball, Grace Crothers, Wade Ball and Zoey Crothers; brother, Alfred Cohoon and his wife Joyce of Greenville; sisters, Joyce Brown of Bluff City, and Maxine and her husband Jim Mays of Greenville; sisters-in-law Glenda Hamblin of Vandalia, who has been a faithful friend throughout the years, Rosetta Diveley of Vandalia, and Doris and her husband Dean Ruff of Pinckneyville; and brothers-in-law, Scotty Diveley and his wife Ada of Center Point, Iowa, and Larry and Eddie Diveley, both of Vandalia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ernest and Albert; and sister, Juanita.
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