Charles M. Couper was born at home in Payette, Idaho on February 13, 1925 to Merrill and Alice Carothers Couper and passed on November 27, 2020 in Boise. He graduated early with the Payette HS class of 1943. He enlisted in the Navy V1 program in February of 1943 and went to the University of Idaho and affiliated with the Sigma Nu fraternity and played on the varsity baseball team. On July 1, 1943 he reported for active duty in the V12 program and went to midshipman school in November, 1944. After being commissioned an Ensign in May, 1945 he went to advanced line school in Miami in preparation of Pacific duty for the invasion of Japan mainland. At war’s end he spent nine months aboard the USS General LeRoy Eltinge AP-154 troop transport bringing troops home from various places around the world. He returned to the University of Idaho and graduated with a BA in Business. He married Bernice Cain on November 28, 1947. They returned to Payette where he began employment with Couper Brothers Livestock which was a partnership of his father and uncle Eldon Couper. In 1955 he contracted as an agent with Prudential Insurance Co. He stayed with Prudential as a manager until his retirement in 1984. He was a life member of the Ontario Elks #1680 and Payette Washoe Lodge A.F. & A.M. During his retirement years he was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a determined advocate for wildlife. His favorite hunting trip for antelope was to Casper, Wyoming for 27 consecutive years. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his sister Diza Anderson and her husband Carl and their daughter Julia. He is survived by his son Norm; his son Richard and wife Sue and granddaughter Jessie; his daughter Diane and grandson Ross and wife Stephanie and great grandsons Shane and River and granddaughter Kristin and great granddaughter Cameron; and his niece Linda Anderson and family. The family would like to thank the kind people at Grace Assisted Living for taking such good care of our Dad. There will be no service.
Beth Bowman saysJanuary 26, 2021 at 11:10 am
Chuck was a life long friend of my dad’s and was his best man in 1947. They were both Sigma Nu at U of I and after they each married, they shared a house in Moscow for a time. The families got together at in the early years with their children. Chuck, Bernice, and both my folks, Jack and Noreen Bowman, continued to get together to go camping, and visit and the men hunted and fished. Chuck and Bernice were cherished by my mom and dad and they have all gone now. Denny Wilkin, son of Gerald and Jackie Wilkin, who also belonged to their “life-long gang” was like another son to Chuck and visited him, cared for him, taking him to Drs appointments and other outings during his last years, as there were no other family members able to do those things. I took my mom to visit him many times during the past years and Chuck will be missed by me and Im thankful he was able to reach his 95th birthday last year, which was a goal of his. His memory was amazing and listening to his stories was a pleasure.
Kimberly Martin saysFebruary 21, 2021 at 4:53 pm
While serving as Eucharistic Ministers, my Dad and I had the honor to meet Chuck. We enjoyed our many chats we had together. Though our time visiting with Chuck was short, he was a very kind and caring person. We were hoping to be able to visit him once again after Grace opened back up to the public. Our condolences to the family and friends of Chuck.