PALMETTO, Fla. - George R. Couse, 87, of Palmetto Florida, formerly of Oneonta, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, surrounded by family and friends.
George was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Oneonta, to George Leslie and Reta Couse.
George graduated from Laurens Central School in 1948. In his senior class book, he was described as an all-star athlete, nonchalant shuffle, dark wavy hair, quiet, unperturbed. He was awarded all-star patches for basketball (167 points scored); baseball (batting average 385); and football. In his senior year, George distinguished himself by being chosen to represent Laurens at the Section Four NYSPHSAA All Star Baseball game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.
Upon graduating from Laurens High School, George enlisted in the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Company E, 325th Regiment in Ft. Bragg North Carolina, Sept. 2, 1948 until Sept. 3, 1952.
Shortly after getting out of the military, George started working for Scintilla (Bendix/Allied/Amphenol), Corporation at the Sidney division. His career started in the accounting department and he later transferred to the IT department. George was a senior systems analyst upon his retirement. During his career he attended and graduated from Albany Business College in 1957.
George married Carol (Bourn) Price on Dec. 4, 1982, and lived in the Oneonta area until 2006, when they moved to South Carolina where they lived until moving to Florida in 2014.
George's hobbies included hunting, camping, traveling (with family and friends), dancing and attending NASCAR races. In 1994, he became a member of the New York Big Buck Club for New York State trophy whitetail deer. Some of his fondest hunting memories were hunting in Delaware County with his nephew, Dan Johnson and Dan's son, Travis. George went on some amazing hunting trips (for elk, bear and deer) with his close friends from Oneonta, West Oneonta and Otego. He attended his first NASCAR race in 1989 and shortly thereafter became a charter member and season ticket holder at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. George and Carol were privileged to be able to travel to numerous destinations many with family, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Mexico, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii and many Caribbean Islands. His favorite trips were those on the Windjammer Barefoot Cruises with family and several trips to Sedona, Arizona. He so much enjoyed spending time with family, watching the grandchildren and attending many of their school events, motocross racing and dance recitals.
George was predeceased by his parents; sister, Jane Luchessi; and the mother of his children, Dorothy Couse.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife and best friend, Carol of 37 years; four children, Kim (Ron) Morse, Deirdre (Mel) Fuller, Kyle (Barry) James and Robert Couse; five grandchildren, Ryan James, Tyler James, Kaitlyn James Schneider, Maggie Fuller and Hannah Fuller; his 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law and their spouses, Lillian and Robert Frisbie, Mary and Roger James; many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life, with full military honors, will be held at the convenience of family in January.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd. #709, Clearwater, Florida 33762, or Tidewell Hospice Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota FL 34238.
Published on November 24, 2017