Written by Wolf Point Herald
Terry Allen Coon passed away Sept. 30, 2012, of a heart attack at his home in Glendive, Mont.
He was born in Lewistown in 1948 to Lee and Marjorie Coon. He grew up in Washington, Wyoming and many places in Montana including Winnett, Billings, Roundup, Wolf Point and Glendive. He spent many summers in Winnett with his Uncle Allen and grandparents, Tillman and Hazel Sandaker.
He enjoyed baseball, varsity basketball and varsity track and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1966. After high school, he attended Northern Montana College in Havre, Mont., to study diesel mechanics.
In 1967, he married Rynette Nina Ingebretson and, in 1969, moved to Glendive to start a long trucking career working with his dad hauling petroleum products. He went into business for himself in 1974 and continued hauling petroleum products throughout eastern Montana and western North Dakota until his death. His various trucks became part of the family throughout the years which were always detailed with his trucking logos.
Terry and Rynette’s daughter, Tara, was born in 1971 and their son, Rhett, in 1974. Terry was always involved in his children’s activities and coached Little League baseball and was an assistant Babe Ruth coach and drove bus for Legion baseball. He served as the chairman of the Deer Creek School board and as vice chairman on the Dawson County High School board for a cumulative service of 20 years. He was able to hand both of his children their high school diplomas at Dawson County High School graduation ceremonies.
Terry will be remembered through his trucks and his sense of humor. It didn’t matter if he knew you or not — he loved to joke around. Although he spent many hours driving truck, he always found time to attend his grandchildren’s events. He talked to them almost daily and enjoyed them immensely.
He is survived by his wife, Rynette Coon of Glendive; his daughter, Tara (Jon) Hubing of Circle, Mont., and Rhett (Tiffany) Coon of Glendive, Mont. He is also survived by a brother, Larry (Becky) Coon of Glendive, Mont.; sister, Linda (Duane) Sibley of Nashua, Mont.; sister, Judy (Brandt) Nordwick of Shoshoni, Wyo.; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Glendive Evangelical Church in Glendive, Mont., at 10 a.m. with burial at the Dawson Memorial Cemetery. A luncheon will be held immediately after at the Hungry Joe Hall.