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William R. (Billy) Coons passed away on Friday July 21, 2017. He was born February 17, 1942, to the late William Harvey Coons and Grace Anderson Coons Humphrey. He married Elizabeth (Liz) Machango Coons on Sept. 6, 1969, in Terre Haute, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and she survives.
Billy was a retired captain of the City of Terre Haute Fire Department, with 33 years of faithful service. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, B.O.W., and Murdock Racing Club. Billy was a former CYO football coach at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
Also surviving are his son, Rodd Coons of Terre Haute; and daughter, Andrea (Mike) Moeller of Terre Haute; three grandchildren, Caleb Coons of Rosedale, Liam and Addeline Moeller of Terre Haute; sister-in-law, Julie Machango of Martinsville, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Kim Machango of Metcalf, Ill., and Michael (Tammie) Machango of Ellettsville; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gloria Humphrey; a brother, Ronald Humphrey; a niece, Jessica Summer Stott; and a nephew, Eric Humphrey.
Billy enjoyed putting in a garden each spring, canning tomatoes fresh from his garden and making tomato juice. He loved being outside with his dog Rascal. Rascal also enjoyed it because Billy was always feeding him his favorite treat, peanut butter pretzels.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, in Marshall. Ill. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 24, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. Memorials in Billy's Memory may be shared with the Humane Society of Terre Haute. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at:
Published on July 22, 2017
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