Grant C. Coon
March 14, 1953 ‒ January 14, 2020
Mount Vernon, Ohio
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Grant C. Coon announce his passing. Grant passed away unexpectedly and peacefully due to natural causes at his home January 14 th , 2020. Although we return him to the earth, we are grateful for the cherished memories and will carry him in our hearts forever.
To be honest, Grant would most likely be unhappy that we are writing this; however, decorum and our love for him, our friends and family requires it. Grant’s story began on March 14 th , 1953 at 10:35am in Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He was born to proud parents Wm. Paul and Betty Katherine (Bosart) Coon and an older brother Lance whom Grant idolized. Grant was a somewhat mischievous child; a trait that would follow him throughout his life.
As a child he frequently took tools, equipment and toys apart to see how they worked, never to be put back together again—one can imagine his mom’s reaction to finding the inner workings of an “Etch-a-Sketch”. His sons seem to have inherited this trait. Grant grew up in the north end of town and attended MTV city schools, where tormenting his teachers often took priority over his schoolwork. He graduated from MVHS in 1971. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1972 and served as a “radio operator” aboard the USS John F. Kennedy for four years (“it’s a boat”).
He loved to share stories about his time in the service, including his travels to foreign countries, and the life-long friendships forged. If you get a chance, ask Doug Bivins to tell you the one about the “dinner rolls”! Grant was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1976 and returned home where he quickly adapted to a civilian life of leisure and enjoyed hanging out with family and friends. His roots were firmly planted back in Mount Vernon and he had no desire to live elsewhere.
Grant worked for the railroad for many years; he enjoyed being outside, the physical labor and the comradery of the crew. When the railroad industry declined, Grant explored other opportunities and eventually obtained a position with the City of Mount Vernon, Water andWastewater Division. During his 26 years with the City he was also an active member of the OCSEA/AFSCME unions; he served as President and was on the Executive Board of the local union as well as being a member of the Executive Board of District 5. Oh yes, Grant was a staunch Democrat and could talk your ear off about politics and current world events. He was a voracious reader had an amazing memory of all things related to politics, history and warfare. Now, remembering what he was to pick up at the store…that was another matter!
Grant and Kathy (Umbaugh) Coon married in 1987 and raised two wonderful sons’; Wm. Trevor Coon, now 30 yrs. and Kyle C. Coon, now 27 yrs. Grant was a fantastic dad; he changed diapers, made and fed bottles, carted the boys to and from the babysitter; he was present at every wrestling, football, soccer, and baseball event. He helped to coach, grate the fields, and worked the concession stand. He was always happy, telling stories, andencouraging the boys, celebrating the wins and picking them up after the defeats. Grant and Kathy divorced amicably after 27 years and remained committed to cohesive support of their sons. In 2015, Grant reached his goal of retirement from the City of Mount Vernon. He was well prepared for “afternoon naps and Hostess snacks”.
He was able to travel from Arizona to Key West, and many places in-between, with his girlfriend Marcy. They also enjoyed many concerts, sporting events and visiting old friends. Our only wish for Grant was that he could have enjoyed his retirement and time with Marcy a bit longer. Some of Grant’s favorite pastimes included watching the Buckeyes win on a Saturday, and the Browns lose on a Sunday, with his sons Trevor and Kyle; listening to many genres ofmusic and attending concerts, playing the drums, riding his motorcycle, camping, going to races at Mid-Ohio and attending sporting events, fishing, and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Grant’s life would be incomplete without the tears and laughter shared with many friends known for decades such as Bailey, Tes, Belcher, Fick, Mondo, Schmidty, Pat, Doug Bivins and numerous others. We know he will be sadly missed. Surviving are sons Wm. Trevor and Kyle C. Coon, brother Lance (Judy) Coon, nephews Noel Hoblit, Brian (Adrienne) Hoblit, and Chris Umbaugh, cousins Valorie, Mike, Tom and Linda; girlfriend Marcy Welsh, former spouse Kathy (Umbaugh) Coon, andformer brother-in-law Steven L. Umbaugh. Family members passing from this life before Grant include his son Corey Umbaugh Coon, parents Paul and Betty Coon, niece Candice Umbaugh, cousin Paula Bosart, many treasured aunts and uncles from the Coon and Bosart families, and other beloved family members. Grant also joins his circle of friends that passed too soon; Chuck, Rick, Carl, and Gorsh. Our hearts are broken but we are uplifted by the connections and stories shared by those who knew Grant.
Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Grant’s life Friday, January 31 st from 5pm-9pm at the Apple Valley Club House, 3725 Apple Valley Drive, Howard, Ohio. Please come and “Share a Story and Raise a Glass”. Grant will be laid to rest with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council; graveside service Saturday, February 1 st , 10am, Moundview Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
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