December 11, 2018 GMT

KARON ANN COULTER COBURN of Ironton, Ohio, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Medical Center early Saturday morning after a brief illness. She was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, to Lucylle and Orville Coulter on August 6, 1935, but spent most of her childhood in the Washington, D.C., area. While working at the Pentagon in 1954 for the Secretary of the Air Force, she met the love of her life, James Coburn, a member of the USAF Air Police stationed in the Pentagon. They married in 1956 and moved to Jim’s hometown to start a family. Karon was a long-time resident of Ironton, Ohio, and attended Beech Street Christian Church in Ashland, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years. She is also survived by her loving children, Kelli (Joe) Lutz of Ironton, Ohio, and Michael (Judy) Coburn of Woodstock, Georgia. Her family was truly the light of her life, and Karon was the proud grandmother of Angela Massie (Amol) Khotpal of Marietta, Georgia, Tom Lutz of Edwardsville, Illinois, and AJ (Sheena) Lutz of Webb City, Missouri. Being a great-grandmother was an extra special gift to Karon. Her spirit lives on in her three great-granddaughters, Avi and Adya Khotpal, and Penny Lutz. She was excited to learn she was going to have her first great-grandson soon, and she was very proud of the great-grandchildren she gained in Missouri: Corey, Mayson, and Arielle Gouge. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Phillips Funeral Home in Ironton, Ohio. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by burial at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or the charity of their choice in Karon’s memory.