Isaac “Ike” G. Koon, Jr, age 82, resident of 20420 State Highway #86, Venango, PA (Woodcockboro), passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA after a two month illness. Born in Fairmont, West Virginia on June 27, 1929, he was a son of the late Isaac G. Koon, Sr. and Edna B. Tuttle Koon. He lived most of his life in the Woodcock area. On September 1, 1950, Ike married the former Eleanor Katherine Donnell and she survives.
He attended school at General McLane High School in Edinboro. He enlisted in the US Army in 1951 and served his country for two years in the Ordinance Corp during the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1953, he returned to this area and became employed by International Harvester in Erie for 14 years. He then became owner and operator of the Ashland Service Station in Venango from 1965 until 1970. From 1970 until 1975 he operated the United Refining Bulk Station in Cambridge Springs and from there he began his own business -Koons Garage located in Woodcockboro. The auto repair shop burned down in 1995 which led to his retirement.
Ike was active in several organizations. He was an active member of the Venango Volunteer Fire Department later becoming a social member and was a Woodcockboro Council member for over 25 years. He enjoyed playing golf and pool and belonged to several pool leagues in Meadville and Cambridge areas. Known as an exceptional pool player, he actually competed for national championships in Nine Ball in Las Vegas. Ike was affiliated with the Cambridge Springs First Church of God.
Ike enjoyed motorcycles and playing cards, especially Rummy. He played checkers on the computer and seldom lost. He had a strong work ethic, usually working two jobs at the same time. He enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was a devoted husband and father.
Surviving Ike in addition to his wife, Eleanor, are two children, a daughter – Janet Snow and her husband, Dale of Cambridge Springs and a son – Phil Koon of Saegertown; two grandchildren survive – Shannon Head and her husband, J.D. of Bowie, MD and Matthew Snow of Blooming Valley. Also three great grandchildren – Kara Snow, Jake Head, and Kaylie Head; a sister Beryl Scrivens of Virginia Beach, VA and Jack Koon of Waterford. Ike was preceded in death by a son – Paul Allen Koon who died in 1970; two sisters – Betty Hutchison and Ella Ruth Talkington and three brothers – Duane Koon, Jesse Koon, and an infant – Jimmy.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 and are invited to attend funeral services there on Tuesday morning at 10:00. Reverend James Callender, pastor of Cambridge Springs First Church of God will officiate. Interment will be in Venango Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Venango Volunteer Fire Department or to the Cambridge Springs First Church of God.