Charles "Chuck" Rosten Coon, age 78, of Willow River died peacefully at his home Sunday, May 31, 2020. Chuck was born Dec. 25, 1941 in Marshall, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Marjorie (Rosten) Coon. He graduated from Fontana High School and continued his education in English education at California Lutheran University. It was here that he met his love, Carma. On April 4, 1965 Chuck married Carma Elaine Westrom in Thousand Oaks, California.
Chuck taught at Pacoima Lutheran School while Carma finished her degree. After moving "home" to Minnesota, Chuck studied at Luther Seminary where he became ordained in July of 1972. During his internship at Hazelden Foundation he discovered his calling for ministry. Chuck ministered to troubled families seeking healing at Lutheran Social Services in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He worked specifically with families of alcoholics. Little did he know that 20 years later he would return to Hazelden. This time for treatment, a season of life that would bring recovery and a powerful sense of gratitude for each day.
Chuck was accepted into the residency program of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse. This was a time of personal, professional and spiritual growth for Chuck. Through the program, Chuck went on to train in the Intentional Interim Ministry program which prepared him for the next 12 years serving congregations as an interim minister.
Chuck and Carma retired in Willow River, Minnesota on the lake, a place where Chuck enjoyed fishing, carving, reading and camping.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; and brother in law, Len Roberts.
He is survived by his wife, Carma of Willow River; son, Jason (April) Coon of Minnetonka; daughter, Michelle (Brent) Hullinger of New Lenox, Ilinois; brother, Thomas (Deneen) Coon of Casa Grande, Arizona; sister, Barbara Roberts of La Mesa, California; grandchildren, Kyle Hullinger, Keegan Hullinger, and Margaret Coon; niece, Jesse and nephews, Rosten and Matthew.
An outdoor visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday June 4, 2020 at Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. A family only memorial service will begin at 11:00 inside the church. All are welcome to gather at the west end of the church in the parking lot. The service will be available live on the radio - 101.3 FM. Immediately following the service, a public graveside service will be held in Blomskog Cemetery, Sturgeon Lake. If you wish to follow the procession, it will leave Hope at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please keep social distancing in mind while attending the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Hope Lutheran Church 204 Elm Ave, Moose Lake, MN 55767, First United Presbyterian Church PO Box 25 Willow River, MN 55795, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church 612 Division St. La Crosse, WI 54601.