Saturday, March 3, 2012

Melvin Leigh Koons - May 1, 1928 to Feb. 29, 2012

Melvin Leigh Koons - b. May 2, 1928 in Bolton, KS and d. Feb. 29, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ.

Melvin Leigh Koons, 83, of Peoria, AZ died Wednesday Feb. 29, 2012. Melvin was born May 1st, 1928 to Frank and Pearl Koons in Wayside, KS. He went to high school in Wynona, OK and then joined the Army in 1946. Melvin married Earlene Fay Wright in Pawhuska, OK on April 9th, 1952.

Melvin served 6 years in the United States Army and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War; he was with the 25th signal corp. While Melvin spoke very little of his war time experiences he was proud of his service and enjoyed his "Army days". After serving in the Army, Melvin earned an Associates degree in Electronics at Oklahoma A&M. Melvin then worked at Boeing in Wichita, KS and his inspection stamp can be found in every B-52 ever made. Melvin accepted a position with the FAA in Goodland, KS in 1959, transferred to Farmington, MN in 1963 and lived in Apple Valley, MN. Melvin retired from the FAA in 1983. He had many hobbies including music, photography, classic cars, computers and many other interests. Melvin and Earlene moved to Oro Valley, AZ in 1999 where they lived until December of 2011 and then moved to Peoria, AZ.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Earlene Fay Koons, his three sons, Melvin Karl Koons, Kevin Leigh Koons and Kerry Wayne Koons his two grand children, Benjamin Wayne Koons and Jessica Pearl Koons and numerous cousins. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Pearl, his brothers Claude, Wayne and Robert and daughter in-law Brenda Ann Koons.

Funeral arrangements will be at Heritage Funeral Chapel located at 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, AZ 85381. A viewing will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, March 6th with the service to follow at 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, a Donation to the Heart Foundation in Melvin's name would be appreciated.

Visitation Schedule
Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Heritage Funeral Chapel
Service Schedule
Date: Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 W. Thunderbird Rd
Peoria, AZ 85381
(623) 974-3671
Farewell, Melvin Koons. It breaks my heart that you are gone from this earth. But I know that you are in heaven with your beloved parents, brothers, and all the other Koons, Copeland, Finney, and more relations.

You valued family ties and family history so much. You were principal in your contributions towards my books, with your stories of the family, the the hundreds of photo scans from your Mother Pearl Copeland Koons' photo albums.

Family history meant a great deal to him, and this is how we connected late in his life in 2009 when I "found" my grandfather's relations. Melvin was my late Father's cousin. Melvin had his Mother Pearl Copeland Koons' trunk. He shared its contents - in the form of a video he made for me, as well as scans of the hundreds of photos she had kept.

Melvin's stories brought alive the Copeland and Koons family. He dearly loved to share his memories of growing up, visiting his Grandmother Copeland's farm in Kansas, of growing up in Oklahoma, of the olden days that had disappeared. Melvin was an extraordinary writer, and his stories made you feel as if you were right there and sharing his emotions.

Times were different in the olden days. Melvin Leigh Koons was a man of the olden, golden days. I will miss him. The family will miss him. The world will miss him.

Farewell, Melvin.

Rest in Peace, Melvin. I will miss you.
Claude, Frank, Pearl, Wayne, Melvin, and Robert Koons

Melvin Koons

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At May 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM , Blogger JL said...

Please delete "Descendants of Joseph Finney" from your sidebar. It's been proven through DNA that this line is not related to the Finneys on my site at JGEN. Thanks


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