Frank Kone, 85, of Mt. Vernon, died 2:23 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born Friday, Aug. 31, 1928, in Lebanon, Penn., the son of Warren F. Kone, Sr. and Lenore O. (Hamilton) Kone. He married Freda Davis on May 21, 1955, in McLeansboro. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2010.
Mr. Kone was a 1953 graduate of Penn State College and later received an MST degree in physics from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Upon graduating in 1946 from South Lebanon Township High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and spent his entire enlistment teaching radio fundamentals with his twin brother at Scott Field. This prepared him for his eventual life’s work teaching for 30 years mathematics and science at high schools in Webber Township, Woodlawn and the last 25 years at Mt. Vernon Township High. He thoroughly enjoyed “meeting and greeting” many of his 2,500 former students after his retirement in 1991. He and Freda both enjoyed camping with their camping club, The Little Egypt Road Runners and were volunteers in the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Auxiliary for many years. He also tutored many students at Buford Grade School after retirement. He held active membership in the Mt. Vernon Lions Club, Elks and Amateur Radio Club of Mt. Vernon. He was also a member of the Illinois Masonic Order, the American Association of Physics Teachers, Mt. Vernon Historical Society and the Mt. Vernon Retired Teachers Association. After retirement, he spent many hours as a “net control” on his two favorite amateur radio nets in Southern Illinois. He and Freda were longtime members of Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon.
He is survived by his son, Keith A. Kone of Hazelwood, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and twin brother.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Mr. J. Howard Kraps and Mr. Randy Sells officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. The chaplain of the Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will conduct a flag presentation ceremony at the cemetery.