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Tobias Funeral Home - Beavercreek Chapel

3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

Harley Joseph Coon

March 13, 1931August 12, 2019

Coon, Harley Joseph, Life-long resident of Beavercreek, Ohio. Lived for Family, Community and Country. March 13, 1931 - August 12, 2019. Attended Wilbur Wright High School, 1948. Associates of Engineering Degree, University of Dayton, 1956. He was the founder of Harco Tools, Inc. He married Sylvia A. Syrbick, March 13, 1954, deceased. Three Children and their spouses: Debra Coon Newton and husband, Tom Konstantynowicz, Sandy Coon Maloy (deceased), Chris Coon and his wife Melissa. 7 Grandchildren, 2 Great-grand children. Over the years, he has given generously to several high school athletic programs, donating equipment and uniforms. In 1969 formed Beavercreek “T” Ball league for youth. 1971, formed Eager Beaver Football which goes strong today. Served as Beavercreek Township Trustee between 1974 – 1978. Received many civic awards: SERTOMA Service to Mankind, Honorary Mayor of Beavercreek. Joined the US Army in 1948 as a young lad of 17. Served in the Korean War, 25th Infantry Division. On November 27, 1950, was captured by Chinese Communist Forces. On August 31, 1953, Mr. Coon was released to US Forces after 33 months and 4 days of imprisonment. Upon discharge from the US Army in 1953 he was a Sergeant First Class. Received the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal w 10 battle stars, UN Service Medal and Presidential Unit Citation Medal. Inducted into The Ohio State Veterans Hall of Fame on November 1, 1994. Served as National President Korean War Veterans Association where he was instrumental in the establishment of a Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC. State President and founder of Department of Ohio, Korean War Veterans Association; National POW/MIA Chairman: Korean War Veterans Association; National Director, Korean War Ex-POW Association; National Jr. Vice Commander American Ex-POW’s; National Director, American Ex-POW Association; Past-president, Greene County Veterans Service Commission. Family will receive friends at the Tobias Funeral Home-Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd at Grange Hall Rd. from 5-7 PM Thursday, September 12, 2019. A memorial service will be held 11 AM Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Alpha Community Church, 806 N. Alpha Rd, Beavercreek, Ohio, with Rev. Shelia Slone officiating. Inurnment of cremated remains to follow at Mt. Zion Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Eager Beaver Football Club, 1859 N. Central Dr, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

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Marilyn Reid

August 15, 2019

When I was an Ohio State Representative, I nominated Harley for the Ohio Veterans Hall Of Fame. I was keenly aware of his military contributions. He was selected, and I was pleased to be part of his nomination. He was an outspoken supporter of veterans and prisoners of war. I was proud to know him and to consider him my friend. Prayers to his loved ones.

JOHN and Jo Broughton

August 13, 2019

We would like to remind the Beavercreek Community of Harley Coon’s generous contributions to our community.
Harley was the founder of the Eager Beaver Football program, which is still a prominent activity for our youth .
Harley was a past Township Trustee, a business owner, and served on many boards. He was very much a part of the growth of our city.
Let’s not forget his Service and Contribution to our Country. He was a former POW for 3 years during the Korean war .
For a funny memory, let’s remember that huge Beaver he had on the top of his car, during his campaigns!!

John and Jo Broughton

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY