Jack R. Couts

May 4, 1936March 17, 2014
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Jack R. Couts, 77, of Evansville, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home. He was born May 4, 1936 in Oakland City, Indiana to the late Charles and Minnie E. (Mason) Couts.

He was a US Navy Veteran serving from 1955-1959. Jack retired after 21 years with AMF/Roadmaster in Olney, Illinois. He then moved to Evansville and retired from Shoe Carnival as a Warehouse Supervisor. Jack was a member of North Park Baptist Church and was an ordained Deacon at the church. At 70, he taught himself how to quilt and made quilts for all 11 grandchildren. He loved traveling and after retirement he traveled with his wife through 48 states, Canada, and Mexico in their travel trailer being towed by their pickup truck.

Jack was preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth, George and Charles Robert Couts; and sister, Mary Hunley.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Anita (Fiscus) Couts; daughters, Monica Howser, Diane (Mike) Payne, Leslie (Bradley) Schaefer all of Evansville; sons, Timothy (Cheryl) Karns of League City, TX, Daniel (Karla) Karns of Milwaukie, OR; grandsons, Bryant Payne, Travis and Scott Karns and Joshua, Aaron, and Andrew Schaefer; granddaughters, Danelle Howser, Sarah, Lauren and Brittany Karns, and Felicity Schaefer; sisters, Louella Wellmeyer of Holland, IN and Margaret Rothrock of Winslow, IN; brother, Paul Couts of Oakland City; brother-in-law, Harold (Diana) Fiscus; 15 nephews and three nieces.

Services will be 10 AM Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Alexander North Chapel officiated by Rev. Dan Sigler. Friends may visit Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Park Food Pantry. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Carolyn Hagedorn

March 27, 2014

Tom was always the most polite, respectful and friendly person you'd want to meet. I work at Shoe Carnival and wish to offer my condolences to the family and all who knew and loved Jack. What a special person he was.

Richard Bland

March 26, 2014

Monica, sorry to hear about the loss of you father. Our prayers are with you.

Priscilla Rogers

March 22, 2014

Anita, I'm so glad that you and Jack were able to come to Brownwood last year on your travels, and that Mike and I got to spend some time with both of you. I loved getting to see Jack's quilts, experience his pride and joy in his work, and his plans for his next quilting project, and the project after that one, and the next one -- his joy was infectious. He was a man who loved life and embraced it fully. We can envision his arrival at his new home with his Savior, basking in His love with complete peace and joy. But I know you miss him deeply... Prayers for you dear Lady, and all your family. Priscilla & Mike Rogers, Brownwood, TX

Dan Meny

March 21, 2014

Anita and family,
I wanted you know know how sad I am for your loss. I worked with Jack at the Shoe Carnival distribution center for many years. He was a good man and a man that I looked up to. We had a lot of conversations about the Lord and I was always blessed to be around him. He even came to my house once to help me with an electrical project. He was a joy to be around and yes I got that look he gave when I was being stupid several times. I am glad I see your son in law Mike Payne and he was able to tell me when Jack was in the hospital and I was glad to see Jack and you Anita a few weeks ago. Jack was a blessing to me. I appreciated his friendship.
I am sorry, I couldn't make it to the visitation or funeral. Prayers for you and the family at this time. from Dan Meny

Frank Harvell

March 20, 2014

Anita, Lucy and I were visiting about you and Jack helping with the food truck at League City and we will cherish the times with both of you. You have our deepest sympathy. Frank and Lucy Harvell

Mary Nelson

March 20, 2014

Diane, I am sorry about the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Ron Seger

March 20, 2014

Leslie, we are thinking and praying for your family during this trying time. May Gods peace be with you. Ron and Kathy Seger

Jim & Rita Lake

March 19, 2014

So sorry we can't be there. Think about you guys often. Love, Jim & Rita Lake

March 19, 2014

Leslie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nathan Sam and TJ

Joan Schuler

March 19, 2014

Diane, Mike, Bryant,

We are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joan, Mark, and Taylor