Melvin Couch
Melvin Couch

Obituary of Melvin Couch

Melvin Joe Couch WEST COLUMBIA—Melvin Joe Couch passed away the evening of August 26, 2011 at Agape Hospice Center in Lexington, South Carolina after a long battle of multiple illnesses. He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 56 years, Marjorie Fern Miles Couch of Lexington, SC, a mother, Irene Ruth Glassburn Couch of Windsor, Colorado, a sister, JoAnn Jordan of Torrington, Wyoming, and three children: Terry Joe Couch, Lexington, SC; Janelle Louanne Foyil, Ione CA and Timothy Alan Couch, Lexington, SC; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is the son of Benjamin Franklin Couch, Jr., and Irene Ruth Glassburn Couch. He was born in Torrington, Wyoming and soon moved to a farm in Carr Colorado where he grew up and went to a country school. He graduated from High School in 1955 in Carr, Colorado. He attended the Cheyenne Baptist Temple where he met his wife, Marjorie Fern Miles and married her on October 21, 1955. They bought a home and moved outside Cheyenne on a farm in Borie, WY. In 1968, they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where their children attended grade school. He attended Basic Training for the Air National Guard and attained the rank of Master Sergeant in charge of the 153rd Combat Support Squadron in Cheyenne Wyoming. He was the master electrician in charge of maintaining all electrical systems for the 153rd Squadron. After his military career, he purchased Circle "C" Trailer Court and some apartments in Thermopolis Wyoming and moved his family in 1974. Because of his love for athletics, he became the activity bus driver and drove the Thermopolis Bobcats to games all over the state. He also was a driver for the Wildcat Band from 1974-1987. He became a custodian before retiring from Hot Springs County School District in 1999. Marjorie and Melvin bought a second home in Lexington, SC and moved there permanently in 2005. He attended Springdale Baptist Church in Lexington, SC. He was the President of the Electrician's Union in Cheyenne, WY. He was a member of NRA. He is an ordained deacon with Risen Son Southern Baptist Church in Thermopolis, WY where he is currently a member. He played softball until 1974 in Cheyenne, WY. He loved to fish, hunt and camp with his family and friends. He always had a favorite fishing hole and a favorite hunting spot. He had a great sense of humor and you never wondered what he thought. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was very proud of all their achievements. He loved to tease and was affectionate with all his family. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2011 in the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Officiating will be Rev. Tommy McGill. The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A second memorial service will be tentatively held at Risen Son Southern Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011. Officiating will be Rev. John Harrington. Family and friends may sign online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com
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