Adrian Daily Telegram, Friday, February 8, 2008, pg 2A
Dale Allen Couts Jr. Obit
ADRIAN — Dale Allen Couts Jr., age 55, of Adrian went home to spend eternity with his Savior on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, after a courageous battle with a long illness.
Dale was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1952, in Adrian, Mich., to Dale A. and Marian (Hastings) Couts. On October 26, 1974, he married Deborah Rieve in Tecumseh, Mich. He graduated from Adrian High School and the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center Building Trades Class of 1971 and was recipient of the Gold Hammer Award. Dale was employed by Stevenson Lumber for 36 years, becoming a partner in 1984 and was treasurer of the corporation. He was a member of the Building Trades Advisory Board at the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center. He served the Lord throughout his life as a former church elder, Sunday school and junior church teacher, usher and choir member. He attended Bethany Assembly of God. Dale enjoyed his family, his work, weight lifting, all types of music, planting flowers, and taking care of his home and yard. He usually had a smile even during the pain of his illness.
Dale is survived by his wife of 33 years, Deborah; two daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Knutson of Manitowoc, Wisc., and Molly (Robert) Paul of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one granddaughter, Robin Knutson; two sisters, Linda (Gene) Cole of Adrian and Evelyn (David) Brandeberry of Montpelier, Ohio; his mother-in-law, Juanita Rieve of Tipton, Mich.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell and Sally Rieve, also of Tipton, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Carl Rieve, and one daughter, Sarah.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at the Wagley Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Clay and Pastor David Bowering officiating. Burial will follow at Lenawee Hills Memorial Park in Adrian. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 11, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. Envelopes are available at the Wagley Funeral Home.