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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

3295 East Highland Road, Highland, MI

OBITUARY

Charles Chuck Edwin Coon

May 15, 1928January 30, 2015
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Charles E. "Chuck” Coon, a longtime resident of White Lake, MI., died Friday, January 30, in Oxford, MI, after a short illness. He was 86. Born on May 15, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Coon is the son of the late Charles J. Coon, a Detroit police detective and Martha Coon. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, in 1951 Charles E. Coon married Beverly Rioux, started a family, and began a 40-plus year career maintaining and building racetracks for horse racing. His work took his all over North America and in 2008 he was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Mr. Coon is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons Greg (Lynette) and Dan (Kathy Parker); two daughters, Jeannine Weinschrod (Philipp) and Shelly (Mike) Gambino; grandchildren Peter (Melanie) Coon, Michael (Heather) Coon, Nick (Meghan) Gambino, Megan (Ryan) Reese, Caitlin Cullen and Erin Cullen; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom (Denise) Coon and retired trackman Jerry (Audrey) Coon; one sister, Joan (Dan) Deary; and two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Chuck’s memory on Tuesday, February 3, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Rd., Highland, MI. Mr. Coon will lie in state on Wednesday, February 4, at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 134 Airport Rd., Waterford, Mich. 48327 from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. Graveside services following at All Saints Cemetery, Waterford Twp. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions may be made to the following: the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame (www.harnessmuseum.com) ; Goshen Historic Track (www.goshenhistorictrack.com); or Open Door Outreach Center (www.opendooroutreachcenter.com). Fond memories and online condolences may be offered to the family at www.eltonblackandson.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  • Vistation

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  • In State

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

  • Mass Of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

  • Graveside Services

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Memories

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Mike Allen

February 4, 2015

To the family and friends of Chuck Coon,
The Allen Family of Ocala Fl want you to know that we thought Chuck was a master in the building and conditioning of race tracks. Greg and Dan worked along side of him and the fall I worked with them at The Red Mile I really learned a lot. It was a time I'll never forget. Such a bunch of great guys. He even let my wife and son take a ride in the starting gate. What a blast! A lot has changed since the days of Hazel Park.

February 3, 2015

bev, we are praying for you. charles was very kind man and very considerate. sincerely, bill and gloria bookie

Carrie Vanderklok

February 2, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. I know I will treasure my memories of Grandpa Coon.

JD

February 2, 2015

There is nothing I can say to ease your hurt, but you should find comfort in the fact that he was a great man and he wanted to help everyone. he was one of the kindest men I have ever had the pleasure to have known! He will be missed by many! JD Thomas, Colonial Downs

Rhonda Burns

February 2, 2015

Though no words can ease the pain. May you find peace knowing his journey to a better place has just begun.

With Deepest Sympathy, Thom, Rhonda, Heather and Meghan Burns

Gail Cunard

February 2, 2015

Tom and I remember Chuck's friendship and kindness. He was a wonderful colleague and we treasure his memory. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Greg and Dan.

Ken Shreve

February 1, 2015

I will always remember chuck for the great stories, which almost always included a family member. We worked in the neighborhood to help people put boats in and out of the lake and to storage, especially those who could not do it them selves he was always willing to help. You will be missed chuck, RIP and peace be with the family.

robert kristen

January 31, 2015

deepest condolences to family. chuck was a great friend and neighbor.

January 31, 2015

Condolences to Dan, Greg and the whole Family. Chuck was a mentor for me. May Chuck rest in peace. Corwyn Greene (Houston,PA

Dick Wilson

January 31, 2015

It was my great fortune to have worked with Chuck when he was a starter track superintendent and a pioneer in building tracks for the runners and the trotters most important I always considered him a good friend and all around good guy He also had a wonder

ful and caring family He will be missed by all. God Blesss

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