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Elvin Ralph Coon Jr., 87, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Oxford, N.C.
Mr. Coon was born in Shoals, Martin County, Ind., to Elvin Ralph and Valena Hall Coon.
He attended Duke University, graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering and received a law degree from George Washington University.
Mr. Coon was a retired major in the U.S. Marine Corps, having served from 1943 to 1963. He was a veteran of the Korean War and worked as a military legal officer in the JAG office at the Pentagon and Quantico, where he met the love of his life.
He practiced law in Virginia from 1963 to 2007, then retired to Oxford. Mr. Coon was a parishioner of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, a longtime member of Aquia Episcopal Church, Stafford, and also a member of the Manasseh Masonic Lodge 182 A.F. & A.M., Manassas.
Mr. Coon was a devoted and loving husband of 53 years, a cherished father and grandfather. He was an avid reader, who loved to learn everything this life had to offer.
All who knew him were truly blessed by his wit and charm. To know him was to love him, and he will be sorely missed by all.
In honor of his life, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oxford by the Rev. James L. Pahl Jr. A second memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, by the Rev. Jay Morris. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janette Portner Coon of Oxford; a son, Elvin Ralph Coon III and wife Sieglinde von Deffner of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughters, Abby Coon Turnbull and husband Thomas Turnbull of Rochester Hills, Mich., Julie Coon Hunt of Williamsburg, and Margaret Coon Blanchard and husband Roger Blanchard of Oxford; and eight grandchildren, Andrew Turnbull, Kyle Turnbull, Katelyn Hunt, Daniel Hunt, Nicholas Hunt, Jordan Blanchard, Cameron Blanchard and Tyler Blanchard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Area Congregations in Ministry (ACIM ), Box 398, Oxford, NC, 27565 or Aquia Episcopal Church New Building Fund, 2938 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA, 22554.
Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home in Oxford is assisting the Coon family.
For online condolences, go to hallwynne.com and select "obituaries."