Verne Allen Coutant, age 86, passed away Friday afternoon, December 4, 2020, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Verne was born on September 3, 1934, in Wells, Michigan to Vernon and Eugenia (Peterson) Coutant. He graduated from Sault High School with the Class of 1952. Verne attended Michigan Tech – Sault Branch, and later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University. On July 24, 1958, he married Violet Niskanen in Sault Ste. Marie. He served his country in the Army National Guard for 26 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #3, and the Christopher Columbus Hall. Verne enjoyed golf, playing cards, going to the casino, and he loved going to the Hendrie River Hunting Camp, which was established in 1946 by his father, Vernon.
Verne is survived by his four children: Terri (Gabriele) Bugli of Washington, MI, Randy (Beth Reed) Coutant of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Brian Coutant of Magnolia, TX, and Sheryl (Mike) Tussey of Roscommon, MI; his grandchildren: Elaina, Dante, Gina, Chelsea, Emma, Jennifer, and Henry; and his great-grandchildren: Gianna, Luca, and Annie. Verne is also survived by his three brothers: Gerald Coutant, Paul (Lu) Coutant, and Blair Coutant, all of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
Verne was preceded in death by his parents and wife: Violet Coutant.
Due to the current health crisis, a celebration of Verne’s life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or Disabled American Veterans. The family would like thank the staff at War Memorial Hospital for their care of Dad and their support of the family.