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Donald James Coughlin

July 29, 2020

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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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Graveside Service
August 1, 2020

12:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery (Ohio)

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