Robert J. “Bob” Coulter was born July 17, 1922, south of Corning, to Robert Leslie and Belva (Johnston) Coulter. Robert passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at EveryStep Hospice Home in Creston at the age of 96 years, 4 months and 11 days.
Bob attended the rural schools of Adams and Taylor counties, and graduated from Corning High School in 1938 at the age of 15. He was a farmhand and worked at Hills Locker Service, until he joined the Army Air Force in October 1942. He was honorably discharged in February 1946. Bob married Mary Ann Sherlin in El Paso, Texas, on May 21, 1945. They later divorced.
After returning home from the service, Bob worked for Hills Locker Service and Keever Hardware. He was a Corning volunteer firefighter and assisted with the ambulance service. His 30 year career with the U.S. Postal Service included serving as postmaster at Corning, Creston and Shannon City. He retired in 1980.
Bob married Joanne Narigon on March 28, 1979, in Kirksville, Missouri. They lived in West Plains, Missouri, and were avid campers. They camped at the Cloud 9 Ranch in the summer and wintered in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for the next 26 years. They moved to Harlingen, Texas, in 2004.
Bob was a member of Instruction Lodge No. 275 A.F. and A.M. for 63 years, Corning Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years, 50 year Legionnaire, life member of Disabled American Vets and B.P. Order of Elks for 31 years.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn, in infancy.
He is survived by his wife Joanne of Creston; children, Sharon (Dean) Fox of Kearney, Nebraska, John (Ann) Coulter of Creston, Beth Boyd (Shawn Taylor) of Watauga, Texas, and Barb (Joe) Smith of Grapevine, Texas; and stepchildren, David (Annette) Narigon of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dan (Laurie) Narigon of Belbrook, Ohio, Kathy (Noel) Palmer of Novelty, Missouri, and Doug (Andrea) Narigon of Laredo, Texas. There are also six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services with Masonic rites will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery St., in Creston with Mr. Dave Narigon officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Nodaway Cemetery in Nodaway. The family will receive friends before the service from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Memorials may be directed to EveryStep Hospice Home in Creston. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.