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George E Coutant

Birth Date: August 22, 1913
Death Date: September 7, 2017

George E. Coutant, 104, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
George was born August 22, 1913, in Peru, Indiana to George E and Maud (Davison) Coutant. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1932. He attended Millikin University in 1932 and graduated in 1936 with a BS Degree in Commerce and Finance. While at Millikin, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
On June 23, 1937, he married Mary Johnson. She passed away October 25, 1991. He later married Dorothy Allen Burns on May 28, 1994.
George served in various accounting positions and was Vice President and comptroller for Crum distributing Company for 15 years. In 1961, he opened his own business, Kitchen Distributors and retired in 1981.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with his many golfing buddies at the Country Club in Decatur for 52 years.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Frances C. Peterson of Galena, IL; his son, William Burns and his wife Debra of Naperville, IL; his grandchildren, Kristin P. Torrens and her husband Jeff of Schaumburg, IL, Dr. Erika L. Peterson and husband Tim Gariepy, Pewaukee, WI, Connor Burns and Katie Burns both of Naperville, IL; his great-grandchildren, Samuel and Kara Torrens of Schaumburg, IL, Jacob and Regan Gariepy of Pewaukee, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of George Coutant will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church 1360 W Main St, Decatur, IL, Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the service at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.
The family of George Coutant is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Funeral Service
September 12, 2017
11:00 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1360 W Main St Decatur, IL 62522
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September 12, 2017
10:00 am
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Westminster Presbyterian Church
1360 W Main St Decatur, IL 62522
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  1. Dear Dorothy & Fran,
    I did not know George well, but think of both of you often. Fran, we are both buddies of Bill Wilson. Dorothy, we worked at Oglesby Mansion together.
    Bob & I are both very sorry for your loss. I know George lived a good fulfilling life. However, it is always hard for us to see our loved ones pass on.
    Sue Pilling

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