KERMIT COON, 79 - Ranger

Kermit M. Coon, 79, of Comfort departed this life April 2, 2003, where he loved most to be, in the woods near his home.

He was the father of Mrs. Rick (Melinda) Fitzwater of Hur.

He was born March 31, 1924, in Comfort, a son of the late E.R. and Ora Jarrell Coon. He attended Comfort Presbyterian Church and was a graduate of Sherman High School Class of 1942, a World War II Navy veteran, having served on the USS Erbin, and a graduate of Morris Harvey College with a BS in biology. He retired in 1986 from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture after 34 years of service.

Kermit was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to garden, roam the mountains and hollow of Comfort and tend his grapes with which he made some excellent wine. He also liked talking to the trainmen at "Wineman's crossing" in front of his home. For many years, he was a regular Red Cross blood donor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Lolita Hunter Coon. Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Warren and Toni Coon of Comfort, Paul and Kay Coon of Hernshaw; two daughters and their husbands, Vivian and Tom Higgins of Montgomery, Melinda and Rick Fitzwater of Hur, Calhoun County, and recently widowed daughter, Pam Cantley of Bixby, Okla.; grandchildren are Courtney and Adam Coon, Sarah and Jessica Cantley, Catherine and Kelsey Higgins, Emily and Cassie Coon, Michael and Ryan Fitzwater; a sister, Sylvia C. Turner of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, also survives him.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Comfort Presbyterian Church, Comfort with the CLP Dave Witherell presiding. Kermit requested to be cremated. Burial will be in the Coon Family Cemetery at a later date.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

The family and friends will further celebrate Kermit's life at a gathering for lunch at the Racine Volunteer Fire Station following the service. Everyone is invited.

Memorial donations may be made in Kermit's name to the Comfort Presbyterian Church, Comfort, WV 25049.

Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville is in charge of arrangements.