John Edward Koonce

KOONCE Mr. John Edward Koonce, 79, went to be with our Lord Sunday, February 9, 2014. He was a native of Jacksonville, graduated from Duval High School and was a member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church. Mr. Koonce was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving 4 years in the Reserves and 2 years active duty on the USS Forrestal. John retired in 1985 with 25 years service as an Animal Warden with the City of Jacksonville and was a member of R.E.A.C.T Group. Following retirement, his love of fishing continued and he began building crab traps. He was a proud member of the Shrimp Producers Association. John was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene & Mary Koonce and his brother, Robert Koonce. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Elizabeth Beth Koonce; 3 daughters: Michelle A. Koonce, Teresa T. Koonce and Katherine (Alan) Jung; 2 brothers: Reggie (Cathy) Koonce and Ronnie (Irene) Koonce; 6 grandchildren: Matthew D. Jung, Bryan K. Saltz, Jr., Andrew A. Jung, Mark E. Basso, Kailene N. Curry and Morgan K. Curry; 1 great grandson: Landon McCall Ebersbach. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday (TODAY) at Peeples Family Funeral Homes with Rev. Chris A. Coram, officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Shrimp Producers Association, P. O. Box 373, Yulee, FL 32041 and North Jacksonville Baptist Church Building Fund, 8531 N. Main Street, 32218. Please Sign the Guestbook @

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 11, 2014