Russell Coons

Posted Online: Feb. 22, 2013, 7:19 pm
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Russell L. Coons, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at his home.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa. Rosary will be at 6 p.m.
Russell L. Coons was born June 24, 1953, in Great Lakes, Ill., to Robert and Georgie Jean Russell Coons. On Dec. 9, 2009, he was united in marriage to Linda Shanahan in Las Vegas, Nev.
Russell was a forklift operator and material handler at the Rock Island Arsenal. He was in the United States Navy from 1974 to 1976. He loved his Corvette and attending blues concerts. He enjoyed his cat, Gracie.
Russell is survived by his wife, Linda, Maquoketa; his mother, Georgie Jean Coons, Maquoketa; two stepchildren, Cody Shanahan and fiancee, Rachel Goodnight, Davenport, and Brandy (Joe) Crawford, Coralville, Iowa; three stepgrandchildren, Jenna, Rian and Makenna; sister, Cynthia (Kevin) Cone, Storm Lake, Iowa, and their children, Kylor (Jamie) Cone and Nolan Cone; sister, JoMarie Wells, Alta, Iowa, and her children, Abby, Alison, Zoe; and brother, Randy Coons and his fiancee, Tara Flemming, Davenport, and his son, Ryan Coons.
He was preceded in death by his father.
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