Joseph Robert Koons

January 25, 1946May 27, 2018

Joseph Robert Koons, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Nancy Ann Koons, his ten cherished children and their spouses, twenty-three precious grandchildren, two caring brothers, a loving sister, four brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Born January 25th, 1946, to his beloved late parents, John and Eleanor Koons, Joe was a humble man who enjoyed watching sports, reminiscing with old friends, spending time with family, but most importantly being with his wife, Nancy.

He grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, graduated from Bishop Dennis J. O'Connell High School, and earned a degree from the College of William and Mary. He served and supported these academic institutions over his lifetime. He had a long career as a successful automobile dealer and businessman. He valued his employees, customers and community. He gave in countless ways and touched the lives of many individuals. His legacy of modeling Christ through generosity and love will always be remembered.

A Visitation to honor the memory of Joe Koons will take place Saturday, June 9th, 2018 between 2:00-5:00pm at McLean Bible Church, Community Room C, Entrance 1, located at 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Virginia 22182. A funeral mass will be held Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 11:00AM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church located at 8601 Wolftrap Road SE, Vienna, Virginia 22182. Afterwards, there will be a private family burial.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to his most recent charitable cause, Integrity Homes, at


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 11, 2018

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Rick Kern

June 12, 2018

When Took and I started in the car business we met Joe. We immediately started a healthy Va. Tech/ William and Mary contest at which Joe was very good. He loved the W&M Tribe and we gave him unmerciful grief when they changed the mascot to "Ebirt" to be politically correct. I sat with Joe thru many a Pontiac/GMC meeting and I always learned a great deal from his fantastic grasp of the car business. Not to mention wonderful stories of the logistical problems of raising 10 kids, such as going to buy shoes! He was a great story teller! So very sorry for the families loss of such a wonderful man but I believe his pain is gone and he's "suiting up" in Williamsburg! Sincerely, Rick Kern, Kern Motor Co. Winchester Va.

Pete Agustin

June 11, 2018

Mr. Joe Koons was the consummate father, gentleman and God driven man. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to learn and model my life around his love for his family and friends. He will be dearly missed, but I know his legacy and amazing impacts he has had on his children and family will live on for generations to come. Thank you for everything Mr. Koons and may you Rest In Peace.

Mike Herrick

June 10, 2018

Shared HS football with this man of gentle,spirit in Game of Conact.
Joe as QB was guarded as the most valuable in this often violent game.
But I always remember him struggling to stay in the game with knee braces and obvious pain no matter what. Never upset under adverse situations.
His generosity in later life I never knew of directly but always knew it was vast.
We are not meant for this world but for eternal joy with the creator of our Spirit made in GODS living Image. May your family relish the peace you bestowed on them for 7 decades.

Terry Matthews

June 9, 2018

Our family first met Joe and Nancy when we were all neighbors living in Manassas, VA. Our wives became close friends, along with our girls who were the same age as several of their older daughters. It was a great and happy time in all our lives and produced many of our best memories like the time we tried to make ice cream at a backyard picnic, and still having a liquid goop after over an hour of churning, Joe left for about 15minutes only to return with several gallons from a local store, saying the churn kind wouldn't be ready until midnight and he was hungry now !! I was always very impressed with Joe's business ethics and sense of fair play towards his employees, having bought quite a few vehicles first at the Manassas location and later at Tysons Corner. He'd always make it a point to be sure that one of his sales staff, whether it was a new person just learning the ropes, or a veteran in a dry spell, whoever needed some help, got the credit on the sales contract. That's really what made Joe such a special, caring person, and truly showed what he was made of, believed and lived. Over the years our families shared many good times together that we'll cherish always. To Nancy and everyone in the extended Koons family please accept our heartfelt condolences in Joe's passing, with the knowledge of all his good works accomplished in this world, and that he's now resting in the comforting arms of the angels and Father. May God bless you.

Byron Collins

June 9, 2018

As a child, I remembered the entire Koons family and Nancy, my neighbor, as a gift. Each member had a unique smile and a wonder full sense of life. Joe, as all the members of the family, was a childhood and teenage friend. Today I will look to the heavens and say "Thank you."

Jack DeGroot

June 7, 2018

I was blessed to have Joe as my boss for many years. He inspired everyone to give their best, as he always gave his. I remember in the early 80s, Joe and his brothers decided to go in together on a big print ad for Presidents Day Weekend. Ads were ordered weeks in advance then and it was a huge investment for J.Koons at that time. The Thursday before the holiday weekend they were calling for a mega snow storm. We all knew he was worried about it as we got ready for the sale. He called for a sales meeting on the showroom floor and announced some incentive bonuses and told us not to worry about the snow, that he had a special snow dance that would keep it away. He said he was going to do it now to assure us a good sales weekend. The big showroom doors were open to bring in the cars that were on sale. He strolled over, walked outside, and proceeded to do a "No Snow Dance." Like an American Indian doing a rain dance, he hopped around on one foot and thumped his mouth with his open hand and chanted, "No snow, no snow, no snow." And it didn't. We all loved that he cared so much and that he wasn't afraid to show it. He will be missed. He was an inspiration to many.


June 5, 2018

Sorry to here of your lost, your in my prays.

Michael Kennedy

June 4, 2018

Worked at J. Koons Pontiac / GMC in Vienna, Va in the late 70's and early 80's. Joe and Nancy were exceptional individuals and Joe will certainly be missed by his large and loving family. He was a true gentleman and mentor to so many. Our hearts go out to Nancy and the family.

Jack White

June 4, 2018

Dear Nancy and family,
I had the great honor and privilege to have worked for Joe for 10 years until 2008. He was an fabulous man and everyone respected him..
he will be missed by all that knew him . I will always hold Him and your family very close to my heart so very sorry for your loss

Michael Byrnes

June 3, 2018

When I saw Joe's obit in the Post this morning I went and dug up my 1964 O'Connell yearbook. We all had little "inspirational" sayings placed under our pictures. I never learned where they came from but Joe's was very prophetic. It read "Honor is purchased by the deeds he does...honor is not won." Joe was the most honorable man I ever met and his obituary described him perfectly. I didn't have much contact with Joe after we left O'Connell (my loss) but the four years I spent with him at O'Connell were inspiring. I'm so sorry for your loss - it's really everyone's loss.