Rev. Edward M. Couch, the very capable and popular pastor of Bethesda GeneralBaptistChurch at Savah and a
South Posey county youth and civic leader with many accomplishments to his
credit died unexpectedly yesterday afternoon in Perry Fla.
The Bethesda minister, who was 59 years old
last month, left Posey county Monday with his wife, the former Florence
Garrison of Evansville, and Mrs Couch's sister who
resides in Evansville, for a visit with two other sisters of Mrs. Couch at Tampa, Fla.
Rev. Couch became ill while driving his auto near Perry, Fla. A doctor summoned to the Home
Courts prescribed removal to a hospital in Perry. Death came as he was
being moved from an ambulance into the hospital and was attributed to heart
The Bethesda pastor, who two weeks ago was the moderator for the
United General Baptist Association meeting at Boonville, had a busy day Sunday
in his church, climaxed by the presentation of Eagle Scout and God and Country
Boy Scout awards to two members of Boy Scout Troop No 82, sponsored by Bethesda
Church. The week before he had presided at homecoming
services of Bethesda.
The body of the deceased minister will reach Taylor Funeral Home
at Boonville late Friday or early Saturday and friends may view the body after
Funeral arrangements had not been completed today.(Burial
was in Maple GroveCemetery,
Surviving in addition to the wife, are three sons and a daughter,
Ted Couch, Chicago, David Couch and Mrs. Mary Murphy, Bedford, Ind., and Philip
Couch, a student in Oakland City College; six grandchildren, and two brothers,
John Couch, Chicago, and Levi Couch, Evansville. A fifth child died in
Rev Couch was a native of Warrick county
and spent his childhood in the vicinity of Millersburg. He was orphaned
at the age of 11.
After three years study in the Theological Department of Oakland
City College, he entered the ministry of the GeneralBaptistChurch. His current pastorate at BethesdaChurch was his second ministry there. He
served Bethesda 15 years ago and began his second
ministry there in 1955, starting a third year of his second ministry in
Rev. Couch, accompanied by his family, served as a General Baptist
Missionary on Pacific islands at two intervals. In 1948, he and his
family went to the Island of Guam where they were stationed for 40 months before returning to
the States. In 1953 he went to Chi ChiJima and served there until 1955.
The deceased minister's service in the Savah
community and throughout South Posey county extended beyond the confines of his
congregation. His devotion to civic progress was marked and his
contribution to your movements extensive. He was the founding and guiding
spit of Troop 82, Boy Scouts.