Alan Don­ald Coon, 70, of Rhinebeck

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Alan Don­ald Coon, 70, a res­i­dent of Rhinebeck, N.Y., passed away Fri­day morn­ing, Sept. 30, 2016, at the Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Al­bany, N.Y.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Pa­tri­cia Don­lon Coon; their daugh­ter, Allyson Kaitlin (Coon) Traver, her hus­band John An­drew Traver; Alan’s son, Brian Michael Coon and his wife Re­becca Lynn (Mc­Cue) Coon; as well as nu­mer­ous cousins and friends.

Born on Jan. 5, 1946, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., he was the son of the late Don­ald Nor­man and Har­riet Ros­alia (Tall­madge) Coon of Rhinecliff, N.Y.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing Rhinebeck High School in 1964, Alan served his coun­try as a U.S. Navy Se­abee dur­ing the Viet­nam War, com­plet­ing three tours of duty from 1966-1971. When Alan re­turned from ser­vice, he came home to his beloved Rhinebeck and joined the work­force as a union plumber.

Alan mar­ried his wife, Pa­tri­cia (Pat) Don­lon of Staats­burg, N.Y., in 1981; they would have cel­e­brated their 35th an­niver­sary to­gether on Oct. 24.

A med­i­cal mir­a­cle, Alan had two heart trans­plants, the first at Pitts­burgh Pres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal in Pitts­burgh, Pa., in 1987, and the sec­ond at The Hart­ford Hos­pi­tal in Hart­ford, Conn., in 1993.

Un­able to con­tinue his life’s work as a plumber, Alan turned his ef­forts to his genealogy, re­search­ing his fam­ily’s rich mil­i­tary his­tory go­ing back to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. His re­search took him to ceme­ter­ies, li­braries, and town halls across the North­east and Alan be­came very knowl­edge­able on mil­i­tary stones, ceme­ter­ies, and his­tory of the like.

Alan had many pas­sions, in­clud­ing pho­tog­ra­phy, work­ing with his hands and cre­at­ing use­ful items such as lamps and tables, and work­ing be­side his wife at area fiber fes­ti­vals.

Alan was com­mit­ted to serv­ing both his coun­try and lo­cal com­mu­nity. He was past co-chair of the Rhinebeck Town Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee, Life Mem­ber and His­to­rian of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Mont­gomery Post 429, Life Mem­ber and Ad­ju­tant of Fitz­patrick Chap­man Chap­ter of the Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars, Past Sec­re­tary and Trea­surer of the Columbia Mid-Hud­son Chap­ter Sons of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, and Past Mem­ber of the Sons of the Union Vet­er­ans.

He had been plac­ing Amer­i­can flags for Me­mo­rial Day with a group of other ded­i­cated mem­bers on our lo­cal vet­er­ans’ graves for go­ing on 40 years. He re­paired vet­er­ans’ mark­ers, grave stones, and iden­ti­fied un­marked vet­er­ans’ graves. In 2000, Alan or­ga­nized and cel­e­brated the 100th an­niver­sary of the Civil War Statue in the Rhinebeck Ceme­tery with a reded­i­ca­tion and re-en­act­ment.

Alan was the key per­son in­stru­men­tal in or­ga­niz­ing, restor­ing, main­tain­ing and re­lo­cat­ing the Dough­boy statue in the vil­lage of Rhinebeck to its cur­rent state and lo­ca­tion. In ad­di­tion, he also spear­headed the place­ment of mon­u­ments rec­og­niz­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans from all wars, all with fund­ing he per­son­ally raised. He was in the midst of work­ing on a plaque ded­i­cated to rec­og­niz­ing Rhinebeck vet­er­ans of the Gulf War to present con­flicts at the time of his pass­ing.

In lieu of flow­ers, we ask me­mo­rial do­na­tions be made to the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 429, 6331 Mill St., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572, in or­der to fully re­al­ize and com­plete Alan’s wish of rec­og­niz­ing our lo­cal vet­er­ans.

The fam­ily would like to thank the doc­tors and nurses at the Al­bany Med­i­cal Cen­ter CCU for all their com­pas­sion, com­fort, and sup­port.

Friends and fam­ily may call at Dap­son-Ch­est­ney Fu­neral Home, 51 W. Mar­ket St., Mon­day, Oct. 3, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. The fu­neral will be held Tues­day, Oct. 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Dap­son-Ch­est­ney Fu­neral Home, with a pro­ces­sion to fol­low at Rhinebeck Ceme­tery, where Mil­i­tary Hon­ors will be pre­sented by Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 429 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

To sign the on­line reg­is­ter, please visit dap­sonch­est­

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