Jack Couchman

Jack Couchman


Jack D. Couchman, 70, of Corydon, Iowa, passed away July 16, 2018, at Wayne County Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born on May 28, 1948, the second son of Howard and Virginia (Moore) Couchman. He attended kindergarten at Sewal, then Powersville, Mo., grade school until the fourth grade, then Corydon schools through ninth grade. He graduated from Unionville High School in 1966 where he was captain of the football team, president of the senior class and steady boyfriend of his future wife, Linda Godfrey.

Jack and Linda attended college at Northeast Missouri State College. They married on Aug. 31, 1968. To this union came two children, Lanie and Ashley. In 1970, Jack and Linda accepted teaching positions in Bowling Green, Mo. These were happy and exciting times. Jack loved being a Bobcat and fondly spoke about players and students he had known in Bowling Green for the rest of his live. The Couchmans worked and lived there until 1980 when they returned to Wayne County. At this time, Jack was engaged in the family farming operation. He then worked with Lowry Brothers Auction Company of Trenton, Mo., until the late 1980s when he started his recycled lumber business, State Line Salvage, which he operated until 2004. During this time, he tore down approximately 250 buildings across southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

In 1990, Jack accepted the position of teacher and head coach for football and track at Seymour Community Schools. While at Seymour, he had both winning and losing seasons, but either way, he had a lasting positive influence on his students and the school.

Jack retired in 2004 after suffering a brain injury from a fall while tearing down a house. Linda also retired to care for him full time. During these last 14 years, they attended many community and family events. He got to see his grandchildren grow up and he won several cribbage tournaments. Jack was a devoted husband, father and friend. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, enjoyed cards and games of all kinds and loved country music.

Jack had accepted the gift of salvation during a revival at the Powersville Christian Church in 1987. After his brain injury, Jack worked as hard at his recovery as he always had at any other job. Jack has won this struggle, he has finished his race, he has kept the faith. He has claimed the promise of God so he now has a new body in heaven. It is perfect and whole and it all works. Jack was dearly loved by many and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Couchman; daughters: Elizabeth Delanie Benjamin and Ashley Colleen Carpenter (Dan); mother, Virginia Couchman; grandchildren: Brett Benjamin (Kendra), Brooklyn Benjamin, Alex Benjamin, Luke Carpenter, Claire Carpenter; step great-grandchildren; Dayton and Dylan Hamilton; brother, Dr. Jerry Couchman, nephew, Trevor Couchman (Tammy), nieces; Shelly Baldwin (Nick), Peyton Couchman, brother in law, William H. Godfrey (Kathy); sister-in-law, Jane Ann Godfrey (Michael); aunt, Jeanie Couchman; and uncle, Amos Moore (Peggy).

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Couchman; father and mother-in-law, James T Godfrey (Helen); sister-in-law, Sherry Godfrey; and numerous extended family.

Funeral services were July 21, 2018, at the Thomas Funeral Home in Corydon. Interment followed in the Powersville, Mo., Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the family and condolences may be shared at www.thoma

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