Floyd Rufus Couch

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

Juneau resident Floyd Rufus Couch died after a short illness Nov. 13, 2002, in Woodland Hills, Calif.

He was born Aug. 15, 1911, in Casey, Iowa, and graduated from Guthrie Center High School in Iowa. He married De De Opal Lemke in 1937 and moved to California, where he served in the Army.

He served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 20 years and retired in 1962. He achieved the rank of detective sergeant and was awarded a Medal of Valor. After retirement, he served as deputy real estate commissioner and later as senior special investigator for the Attorney General's office in California, retiring in 1970.

His wife died in 1990 after a long illness. In 1992, he traveled to Juneau, where he met LaVerne Hawkinson. They married in 1996 and enjoyed traveling between their homes in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Juneau. He also enjoyed traveling abroad and spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ernest and Frank, wife De De Opal, and son Ivan.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne, of Juneau, daughter-in-law Judy Jennings Couch of San Luis Obispo, Calif., stepchildren Larry (Sandra) Hawkinson of Phoenix, Ariz., Vickie (James) Boone of Juneau, Susan (Robert) Hastings of Vancouver, B.C., grandchildren Lindsie (Kalin) King of Valdez, Gretchen Boone of Juneau, and Brendan and Matthew Hastings of Vancouver. He is also survived by brother Fred (Bonnie) Couch, sisters Martha (Harry) Larson and Marian Steenson, all of Iowa.

Final rites were held Nov. 16 in Los Angeles.

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