George H. Coons

Company F, 61st Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Submitted by: John and Cindy McCachern

Obituary of George Coons (Washington Democrat, 13 May 1929, Washington, IN)

George H. Coons, age 82, Civil War veteran, died this morning at 10:50 o'clock at his home, 209 SE Eleventh street, following a serious illness of three days.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Deceased was a retired stationary engineer.

Born in Clark County, December 29, 1846, the son of Jacob and Juda Miller Coons, deceased came to this county in 1886 and had resided here ever since.

December 2, 1872 deceased was married. He is survived by the widow, Vandalia Coons, and five children.

Mr. Coons was a member of Company F, 61st Regiment Illinois Veteran volunteers. He served for four years in the Civil War.

Heart disease was given as the cause of his death, he having been ill for eleven months.

Surviving children are Manuel W. Coons, and Leo Coons of South Hibbing, Minn.; Christopher Coons of Terre Hatue; Orvelle E. Coons of Clinton, Okla. and L. A. Coons of Montgomery.

John M. Coons of Yola, Ill, Mrs. Catherine Duzan and Mrs. Eliza Nichelson of Marshall, Ill. are surviving brothers and sisters.

The body was prepared for burial in the Elwood Williams funeral home and will lie in state there until further arrangements are made. We tahnk all wh assisted us during the illness and after the death of George H. Coons. Especially do we thank Dr. McPherson, Rev. Martin, Rev. Pyle, Rev. Edwards, M. E. singers, G. A. R. comrades and Ladies's Circle of G. A. R., the American Legion, Funeral Director Williams and friends and neighbors, both in Washington and Montgomery. We are grateful to these friends and organizations, both for floral offerings and many manifestations....

Funeral services for George H. Coons, civil war veteran and highly regarded citizen, who died Monday morning, will be held at his late home 209 southeast Eleventh street at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon. It was announced today. The religious rites will be conducted by the Rev. S. L. Martin, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church and burial will be in Oak Grove cemeter Burch-Wood post of the American Legion will provide a firing squad and also pallbearers. The former service men who will show this mean of respect to the memory of a former soldier will meet at the War Mother's home at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

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