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Donald James Coughlin

Donald James Coughlin, 89, passed away at Heritage Park Healthcare in Fort Wayne Indiana on July 29, 2020. Relatives and friends knew him as Don or Buck.

He was born on the family farm in Payne, Ohio on July 30, 1930 to William and Matilda (Ditlinger) Coughlin. He graduated as Salutatorian from Payne High School in 1948. On September 14, 1957, he married Evelyn Sue Blalock. They built a house in Payne, Ohio where they raised their family and lived for nearly 60 years. Don worked for International Harvester, Fort Wayne IN for 30 years, Benz Metal, New Haven IN for 10 years and then Village of Payne and Wayne Trace Schools until he retired at age 80.

He is survived by his children Garry (Connie Frustere) Coughlin of Mentor, Ohio, Brian (Lynette) Coughlin of Leo, Indiana, and Lisa (Barry) Rosen of Toledo, Ohio; his grandchildren Ryan, Adam, Justin, Allison, Kaitlyn, Alex, Stevie, and Benny; his great grandchildren Carter and Conner; sisters Evelyn (Wayne) Copsey and Patricia (Michael) Young and sisters-in-law Bonnie Coughlin and Judy Blalock.

He was proceeded in death by his wife of 62 years Evelyn Sue Coughlin; parents William and Matilda; sister Margaret; brothers Joseph and Francis; brothers-in law Lynn Blalock and Raymond McNamee and sister-in law Harriet Coughlin.

He was a lifelong member and Deacon of 30 years at Divine Mercy Parish in Payne, Ohio. He enjoyed many activities over the years such as electronics, TV and radio repair, amateur radio, gardening, projects around the house, being with family and friends and helping others through his many years of ministry with the Church.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, devoted member of his church, and a friend to all those who knew him. He was one of the kindest, nicest people you would ever meet and would always put the needs of others before his own.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12 noon at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, 4700 Ohio 500, Payne with Father Austin Ammanniti officiating. Due to state mandate we ask that you wear masks at all times, maintain social distancing and refrain from contact to keep everyone safe while participating in Don’s service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 417 N. Main Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879 in the form of masses

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Don was the first Deacon I really knew and could relate to. He was a shining example of someone who selflessly and sometimes silently displayed what it means to be a servant leader. He and Sue were great friends to my parents and would do anything for us, truly amazing.

Matt Klinker Jan 17 2022 2:41 PM

We are so sorry to hear of such a loss. Your parents were wonderful people and will be missed. Sincerely the family of Paul and Maxine Gordon

Eileen Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM

Lisa, I got the news of your father's passing via Martin. My family and I express our deepest sympathies and hope you'll have a lifetime of fond memories to share and life lessons to pass on from your Dad. Keep the faith and may his soul rest in peace with Christ. Patrick & Kelly O'Connor family.

Patrick O'Connor Jul 30 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to all of Dons family. I was your babysitter back in 1969. Your parents were so nice to me and I loved being in your home for that summer. I hope you remember me as the best babysitter you ever hadLove and fond memories....Jody (Litzenberg) Hook

Jody Hook Jul 30 2020 12:00 AM

I will always treasure the memories I have with Don. I will never forget how he (and Sue) loved me from the minute we met and the joy on his ace the day he (and Sue) stood up to be my Godparents all those years ago. I will always laugh when I think about him calling me Mallissa (my middle name) when he married Michael and I and how the entire church chuckled under their breath. I will never forget the smile he had when we introduced them to our first child or how proud he was to baptize each of our 4 kids. These are just a few of the so many precious memories. He (and Sue) will always hold a piece of my heart and I am grateful for the impact they had, and will always have, on my life. Until we meet again.....

Michelle Lyons Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM