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It is with appreciation and thanksgiving that we remember Douglas Koons, who died unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in his sleep in the early hours of Friday, June 11.

Doug and his wife, Jane, were intimately involved with LPGM’s programs in India for much of the organization’s history. As early as 2006 they envisioned building libraries in Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC) schools, spending nearly every year since then writing fundraising appeals and newsletter articles, volunteering their time, forging new connections, and ultimately supporting ALC libraries, English+, the Lebanon Weaving Center, and many other wonderful programs.

The Rt. Rev. V. Samuel Kennady, bishop of the ALC, wrote of Doug:

He was a renowned person for many in the Arcot Lutheran Church.  The Arcot Lutheran Church intensely remembers his first visit to the ALC… He was enthused that his proficiency will be of great value to intensify the intensity of the poor and the marginalized through the various mission initiations undertaken by the ALC. 

His passion, fervor, and concern towards the poor and needy community particularly the [residents] of the Lebanon [Home for Women] are highly commendable. 

The entire Arcot Lutheran Church mourns for his death. 

Though Mr. Douglas has left us to be with the Lord, his compassion, precise contribution, economical support to the poor and the needful are meritorious.

May his soul Rest in peace.

Douglas and Jane Koons stand with former ALC Bishop Gideon and his wife, Eunice, in India, circa 2007.

Doug’s passion for people pervaded every aspect of his life and work with LPGM. He easily made connections and loved dreaming about the ways that the people he met could contribute. I spoke with Doug the day before his death, and he talked longingly about returning to live in India, where he loved, and was loved by, so many people.

Please join the entire LPGM global community as we give thanks to God for this remarkable, faithful servant.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Doug. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.

Amen.

Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Augsburg Fortress. 2006

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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