Larry R. Coen, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, after a battle with cancer. He was born at home on January 4, 1939, on Thayer Street in Elkhart, Kansas, weighing less than 3 lbs, the son of Marion (M.R.) and Velma Pearl (German) Coen.
On August 10, 1963, he married Mary Lou (Keesling) Coen in Elkhart. Larry and Mary moved to Faulkton, South Dakota, in 1965. Larry loved the years they lived in South Dakota, except the cold. While in South Dakota, they had three children, Troy, Brenda and Loren. Larry served as Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows in Faulkton, South Dakota, and is a Lifetime Member. They moved back to the farm northeast of Elkhart in 1976. He served on the FSA and FMHA board for many years; and was the president of the Farm Bureau Board also for many years. Larry farmed and ranched, and always loved to be on the back of a horse when possible. In 1986, they received a “surprise” from God; Jaclyn Ann was born on August 7. Larry retired in 2004, and Mary and he traveled until 2015; traveling to Rio Grande Valley and Howard, Colorado, where they met and made many friends.
Larry is survived by his wife, Mary of their home; two sons, Troy Coen and wife Cassie, and Loren Coen and girlfriend, Shanna Dillon all of Elkhart; two daughters, Brenda Bloyd and husband Troy of Burlington, Colorado, and Jaclyn Lee and husband Jess of Elkhart; grandchildren, Levi Coen and wife Rebekah, Luke Bloyd, Taylor Coen, Bryton Coen and fiancé Kendra Batterton, Lynsay Bloyd and fiancé Trent Cormack, Cody Coen, and Cap Lee; great-grandchildren, Adelynn, Kace, Newt, and Lathan; God-son, Steven Melius of Ulysses; and many others that called him PaPa.
Larry is preceded in death by his parents, M.R. and Velma Coen; grandparents, Al and Pearl German, and Edgar and Rena Coen.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart, Kansas, with Reverend Terrell Giddens and Jess Lee officiating. Interment will follow at the Elkhart Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, December 10, 2018, from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart. Memorials may be given to St. Catherine Hospice in care of Garnand Funeral Home, PO Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.
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