Leland Duane Koons, an Air Force veteran, machinist, and former 20-year resident of Springs, died on Nov. 24 at the Westridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, Iowa. He was 78. The cause of death was pneumonia, his family said.
It was his marriage to Virginia Schellinger of Amagansett that brought Mr. Koons to East Hampton. They were married on Aug. 26, 1953. During his years on the South Fork, he worked at the East Hampton I.G.A. store and lived in Springs.
Mr. Koons was born on June 30, 1935, in Pleasantville, Iowa, to Howard Koons and the former Hildreth Willey.
After a childhood in Pleasantville, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Anchorage and Seattle. It was after his discharge that the couple made their home in New York.
They eventually returned to Iowa, where Mr. Koons, who was known to friends as Lee, worked as a machinist at Vermeer Manufacturing from 1971 to 1998.
He enjoyed gardening and building birdhouses. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, they said. He was a member of the Church of the First Born in Knoxville. He was devoted to his dogs, Pebbles and Chi-Chi, his family said.
He is survived by his wife and his children: Sue Test of Bussey, Iowa, Beth Koons Conrad of Knoxville, Wayne Koons of Sag Harbor, and Kathy Bennett of East Hampton, as well as 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A son, William Howard Koons, and a granddaughter died before him, as did his siblings Marion Koons, Bobby Koons, Warren Koons, Carley DeMoss, and Karen Heaton.
A funeral for him was held on Nov. 27 at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville. Burial was in Breckenridge Cemetery in Knoxville with military honors from the Air Force, the American Legion Baty-Tucker post, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John Myers post.