Community mourns death of volunteer Mike Koning

City of Lafayette mourns the passing of volunteer Mike Koning (WLFI).

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Many in the Greater Lafayette community are mourning the death of volunteer Mike Koning.

The 77-year-old was responsible for the graffiti eradication program. Koning would identify and remove graffiti around Lafayette and West Lafayette. He often did so with his own supplies, never asking for a cent.

He was also a volunteer for the police service since 2005.

Many will remember Koning for his passion to make the area a better place to live. His ability to warm the hearts of those around him will be missed the most.

“He is going to be missed in many, many ways,” Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said. “He was just a wonderful husband, father, community member. He was retired from Eli Lilly, and he is really going to be missed.”

Koning passed away Sunday at IU Arnett Hospital.

His visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel. The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at that same location.

Roswarski will speak at the funeral.