The Rev. Robert W. Koons, 95

JULY 11, 1917-NOV. 1, 2012

November 07, 2012
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The Rev. Robert Warren Koons, 95, of 263 Barlow St., Gettysburg, Pa., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2012.

The son of John Raymond and Kathryn Herr Koons, he was born July 11, 1917, in Altoona, Pa., and lived his early years in Harrisburg, Pa. In 1949, he married Grace Bowman of Timberville, Va. Their lives together spanned 57 years, until Grace's death at 89 in 2006. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

At the time of their marriage, the Rev. Koons was the assistant pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Md. In the years of their marriage, they served congregations in Sunbury, Pa., Gettysburg, Lynchburg, Va., and Winchester, Va. Upon retirement from active ministry, the Rev. Koons served as chaplain at the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1943 with an A.B. in English and in 1946 earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Susquehanna University in 1958. In 1994, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Memorial services will be Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 30 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg. A buffet reception will follow. Interment will be at approximately 2:45 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery. The Monahan Funeral Home, Gettysburg, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in memory of Robert W. Koons be made to the following: Lutheran Home Care and Hospice of Adams County; ELCA Disaster Response for Hurricane Sandy; and/or Lutheran World Relief.

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