Daniel S. Coonfer

November 15, 1981March 10, 2023
Obituary of Daniel S. Coonfer
MANITO ~ Daniel Steven Coonfer, 41, of Manito, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2023 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria. Born November 15, 1981 in Belleville at Scott Air Force Base, he was the son of Craig S. and Vicki L. (Mitzelfelt) Coonfer. Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Vicki and William Burke of Manito; his father, Craig Coonfer of Manito; his daughter, Izabella, who he loved dearly and her brothers, Tony, Lucas and Jaekob, all of whom he loved as his own; two sisters, Nicole (John) Mefford of Berrien Springs, Michigan and Kathryn Smith of Manito; one stepbrother, Brandon (Lindsey) Burke of Pooler, Georgia; one stepsister, Brittany (Adam) Whisler of Manito; his maternal grandparents, Darlene Mitzelfelt and Howard Heck, both of Pekin and his paternal grandparents, Don and Liz Coonfer of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. He also leaves his uncle, Scott (Patti) Mitzelfelt of Manito; four aunts, Cindy (Kevin) Flick of Vienna, Cathy (Roger) Meeker of Pekin, Cheryl Earnest of North Carolina and Cari (Byron) Followell of Indiana; several nieces and nephews that had a special place in his heart and many cousins that always had a good time when they were together. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Don Mitzelfelt and a cousin, Robin Cooper. Daniel was a 2000 graduate of Midwest Central High School. Daniel was known for his adventurous spirit and kind heart. He was always the first one to offer a helping hand. Daniel was born with a heart condition but he didn’t allow it to prevent him from enjoying life. Daniel loved being outdoors. In his spare time you could find him at the lake with fishing pole in hand. Besides fishing Daniel enjoyed camping trips with his dad, skiing, riding motorcycles and dirt biking. Daniel was a caring son and grandson, a loving father, a protective brother, a fun cousin and a loyal friend. Daniel will be deeply missed by his family and friends. We will always cherish the memories we shared with him. Although Daniel’s time with us ended to soon his impact on our lives will be felt forever. Rest in peace Daniel and know that you will always be loved and remembered. Private graveside services will be held Friday, March 17, 2023 at Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito. Al Mitzelfelt, Daniel’s great uncle, will officiate. A celebration of life gathering will be announced at a later date. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association. To express condolences online, visit

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