Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 7, 2013

Richard J. Couturier Died July 5, 2013

PLYMOUTH — Richard J. Couturier passed away July 5, 2013, at the age of 80. He was born Oct. 14, 1932, in Lake Leelanau, to Roy and Mazil (McNeely) Couturier.

Dick was deeply loved and will be missed by his beloved wife, Jean. He is the dear father of Karen M. Couturier, Kathleen A. Couturier Zarafonitis and Richard James (Marcy) Couturier; and dear grandfather of Ashley Arthur, John and Jennifer Zarafonitis, Cory, Michael and Kiel Couturier. He is the dear brother of Helen (Harold) O’Brien, Betty (Ed) Mucha and Fred (Lucy) Couturier. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rosalind O’Brien; and his brother, Leroy Couturier.

Dick was an excellent funeral director. He worked in a couple of funeral homes prior to working at the Schrader Funeral Home in Plymouth, where he worked serving the needs of families for 26 years.

He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and loved singing in the choir.

Dick and Jean traveled to many countries singing with the choir. Dick enjoyed traveling and gardening.

He was a graduate of Wayne State Mortuary Science School. He was a member of Plymouth Kiwanis, American Legion Post #112, Michigan Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association.

Dick proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 47650 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth. Friends may visit at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth, Monday from 2 until 8 p.m. and Tuesday at church beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a scripture service Monday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Michigan Heart, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, c/o SJMHS Office of Development, 5305 E. Huron River Dr., PO Box 995, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0995.

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