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Glenn Bryan Koons

Glenn Bryan Koons of Sinking Springs Glenn B. Koons, 53, died August 31, 2011, in Spring Township. Born December 16, 1957, he was the son of Hiram C. "Bud" and Florence J. "Joan" Koons of Martinsburg. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Kathy, of Claysburg; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was a 1975 graduate of Great Valley Senior High School in Malvern and earned an Electronic Engineering Technology Certificate from RETS Electronic School in Broomall. Glenn was a Certified Peer Specialist at Wernersville State Hospital and prior to that served as Southeast Region Community Support Program Coordinator for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. His impact on the community was tremendous. He served on a variety of boards and committees for organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI Pennsylvania, and many other organizations across the state. He was serving a three-year term on the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania Board of Directors, for which he was Immediate Past President. Glenn was trained as one of the first NAMI Peer-to-Peer mentors in the United States and as an "In Our Own Voice" NAMI national program presenter. He maintained two national listservs: KNOWHOW and Voices for Work. Glenn also was one of four NAMI National men who was recognized by President Obama at a reception celebrating the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) 20th anniversary. In addition to his work in the mental health field, Glenn loved singing, listening to and recording music, and playing the keyboard, guitar, and saxophone. He also enjoyed spending time with his family in the Cove and loved all of the activities in the area, including bowling at Memorial Park and shopping in Altoona. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 203 North Valley Forge Road, Devon, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Susan Ericsson officiating. Interment will follow at Valley Forge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Glenn may be made to NAMI Pennsylvania, 2149 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. To share your fondest memory of Glenn, please visit www.lifecelebration.com Life celebration services provided by Mauger-Givnish of Malvern, 610-644-2240.

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 7, 2011
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