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Edward "Ron" Couldry

March 25, 1946 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old


Edward Ronald “Ron” Couldry passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023 into the promised glory of God. Ron was born on March 25, 1946 in Chicago Illinois, the son of Edward W. and Bernice (Bluel) Couldry. He served our country as a member of the US Army in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967. He married his wife Norma Gayle (Watkins) on June 1, 1969. He worked for many years as plant superintendent at Winslow Scale until 1990, and ended his working years at Anderson Medical Supply.  He was a member of VFW Post #972, F.A.M. Lodge #19, and O.E.S. #428 in West Terre Haute; where he served as Worthy Patron on more than one occasion.  

Ron was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and the Cubs, meaning he loved to complain about their lackluster performance every year except 1985 and 2016.  He and Norma did woodworking and crafts to sell at festivals around Terre Haute, especially the Covered Bridge Festival for many years.  He helped his son create the woodworking projects for Cub Scout day Camp at Camp Wildwood from 1999-2001. In later years his family was his world. He attended as many of his grandchildren’s school and sports events as his health would allow; with his health diminishing in later years due to the long term effects of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.

Ron, or as his children and grandchildren call him “Pops” or “Poppy”, leaves to cherish his legacy his wife Norma Couldry, of West Terre Haute, two sons, Kenneth Couldry and wife Valerie of Mayflower AR, Michael Couldry and wife Caroly of Goldsboro, NC, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; David Knight and fiancé Ashley Stonebraker (Morgan, Callie, Connor, and Matt) of Terre Haute, Taylor Peters and husband David (Noah and Ellie) of Terre Haute, Ciera Mauk and husband Jordan (Ava) of Winterville, North Carolina, Christopher Knight and wife Katie (Cameron, Liam, and Jordan) of Irmo, South Carolina, James Maples and wife Elizabeth (Brodie, Emmett, and Charlotte) of Goldsboro, North Carolina,  Maysea Couldry of Terre Haute, and Katy Couldry of West Terre Haute, two sisters Jean Thode of Justice, Illinois and Dorothy Hackett of Battle Creek, Michigan, sister-in-law Emily Mattox of West Terre Haute; as well as countless nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Danny, John, and Matt Barbour, and three sisters Jeanette Scott, Elizabeth Allen, and Donna Scalletta.

In keeping with his wishes cremation, was chosen with a celebration of life to be planned near his birthday next March. Once plans are finalized, the family will announce them.

Our family wishes a heartfelt thank you the doctors, nurses, VA and VNA Hospice personnel who made his final days easier. In lieu of flowers, we suggest a charitable contribution to the charity of your choice in his honor.

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