Stephen Arthur Couch (1958-2017)

Stephen Arthur Couch
May 5, 1958 – February 24, 2017 

Stephen Arthur Couch, 58, of Shiloh, IL, formerly of Green Bay, WI, born May 5, 1958, in Highland Park, IL, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Couch was an Information Systems Manager at Auto Club of Missouri for 30 years.  He served on the Shiloh District 85 School Board and also was a board member of the Shiloh Youth Athletic Association for seven years.  He enjoyed his involvement with his son’s sports teams, often serving as the coach.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, an outdoor enthusiast, and a jack of all trades.

Steve was adored by his family. He put them first, but could always be counted on to drop whatever he was doing to help someone else in need. More than anything, he loved to have fun by playing tricks on others. That big smile on his face let you know he was up to something.

He was a great conductor of many family gatherings, serving as official record keeper of new competitions and longstanding traditions, most famously the annual WAC golf tournament. Investigating and documenting our heritage and history were among his favorite hobbies, as well as cultivating his place on the planet into a neat mini-farm that included bee-keeping, maple syrup-making and a fruit tree orchard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Annabelle J., nee Johnson, Couch.

Surviving are his loving wife, Kimberly, nee Sachs, Couch; two sons, Chris A. and Jason A. Couch, both of Shiloh, IL; three brothers, William A. Jr. (Madeline) Couch of Shiloh, IL, James A. (Bridget) Couch of Deer Park, IL, and Robert A. (Linda) Couch of DePere, WI; one sister, Ann (David) Maher of Shiloh, IL; his father-in-law, J.R. (Sharon) Sachs of Flint Hill, MO; two brothers-in-law, Jeff (Kim) Sachs of St. Paul, MO, and Tim (Mary) Sachs of Kirkwood, MO; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Steve showed a lot humility and courage through his battle with cancer. We were fortunate to have learned from someone whose moral compass was always pointed in the right direction.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Private funeral services were held Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Burial will be in Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL