Donald E. Goon, 83, Warsaw, passed away at 12:45 a.m. Aug. 19, 2014, in Mason’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.
He was born Aug. 23, 1930, in St. Joseph County to Glenn E. and Nina M. Long Goon. On Sept. 17, 1992, in Winona Lake he married Monna Shideler Coppes, who preceded him in death May 8, 2007.
He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was employed at Robert Gilliam John Deere Company, Warsaw. In 1955, he became a self-employed dairy farmer primarily in the Atwood area. He drove Indiana Motor Bus, and was a substitute school bus driver. He worked for several years for the Sponseller Brothers until 2008. He was involved with the Kosciusko County 4-H Fair board for many years. He was elected president in 1975. He was instrumental in starting the semi-truck pulls.
He loved supporting the 4-H Council of which he was chairman. He was also chairman of the Dairy Association and 4-H dairy barn. He had been a member of the Kosciusko County Drainage Board since 1982. He was also an avid John Deere toy tractor collector.
Surviving are his daughter, Kathy (and spouse Jan) Gawthrop, North Manchester; four sons: Thames (and spouse Priscilla) Goon, Warsaw; Karlton “Kart” (and spouse Julia), Jonathan (and spouse Tina) and Mitchell Goon, all of Warsaw; two stepsons, Bruce (and spouse Cindy) and David (and spouse Callie) Coppes, all of Warsaw; 15 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at noon on Friday at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, with Pastors Mike Beezley and Denny Bollenbacher officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw. He requests attendees to wear casual attire in your favorite John Deere clothing or other tractor colors.
Calling is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral chapel.
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Memorials to Clunette United Methodist Church or to Don Goon Memorial Fund.
Condolences via mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com