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James L. Coon

April 24, 1947 — May 26, 2013

James L. “Jim” Coon, 66, of Kaukauna, formerly of Appleton, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Jim was born on April 24, 1947 to Elmer G. and Ethel (Hoffman) Coon in Appleton. On April 20, 1968 he was united in marriage to Jean Smudde at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Jim worked at Sysco Foods for many years and was currently president of TFM Promotions, Ltd. and Tournament Director of the Midwest Walleye Series and other fishing events. Jim was an avid fisherman and hunter, but his greatest joy came from being Grandpa and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. The time he spent with his family was always special and those times will always be treasured.

Jim was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, lifetime member of Walleyes for Tomorrow, Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin Chapters and a member of Whitetails Unlimited. He was also a volunteer at church and several other organizations.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jean, and their three children; Jenny (Robert) Massey, of Kimberly, Jackie (Adam) Piette, of the Town of Buchanan, and John Coon, of Grand Chute. He was also a loving and devoted grandfather of four grandchildren; Lindsey and Abby Massey, Ella and Natalie Piette. He is further survived by four siblings; Tom (Kathy) Coon of Appleton, Ted Coon of Appleton, Vicki (Ken) Kroiss of Kaukauna, and Diny (Jeff) Heindel of Kaukauna, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Leo Smudde, Tom (Marilyn) Smudde, Dan (Bonnie) Smudde, Rose Mary Francis (Norman Texeira) and Anne Springer, a special friend and business partner, Raymond (Shelly) Harris, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Leo G. and Ellen Smudde, a sister-in-law Debbie Coon, and brothers-in-law Robert Francis and James Springer.

The funeral liturgy will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM at ST. THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1810 N. McDonald St, Appleton. A time of visitation will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 4:30 until 7:00 PM at the Wichmann Funeral Home, Tri County Chapel, 3212 S. Oneida St., Appleton, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM and on Tuesday from 10:30 AM until the time of the mass at the church.

A memorial fund has been established in Jim's name. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Fr. Falk and all of those who have prayed for Jim and the family during this difficult time. Online condolences may be expressed at

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