January 20, 1935 ~ January 11, 2021

Born in: DuBois, PA
Resided in: Hendersonville, NC

Robert R. Couse, Jr., 85, of Hendersonville, died Monday, January 11, 2021 in his residence.

Born in DuBois, PA, he was the husband of Carole (Bloise) Couse, and the son of the late Robert R. Couse, Sr. and Frances Isabelle (Reed) Couse.

Bob and Carole met at a church young adults group formed by Carole and some of her friends from church. They formed a choir, and ten couples ended up marrying, including Bob and Carole.

Bob was a good singer, and when he and his wife moved to Asheville in 1992, Bob joined the local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), where he sang lead. He was also involved in singing at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a member.

A kind soul, Bob was an avid stamp and coin collector and train enthusiast. He liked to play pool and cards, loved to feed the birds and he enjoyed musical theater. He never had anything bad to say about anyone.

Bob worked for a number of years as an accountant for the US Government. He also worked for International Paper Co., the Dan Winters Corporation, in sales for Radio Shack, Asheville, and then Lord George Incorporated as a Bookkeeper. He fully retired in 1998.

In addition to his wife of 61years, he is survived by a daughter, Christina Carole Couse Fant of Boiling Springs, SC; and two grandchildren, Jessica Nicole and Kaleb Lee Fant.

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  1. What a great father you were! You taught me and loved me so much -no matter the issue or problem at hand, I never even remember you raising your voice except in song. My heart is broken, but it mends a little every moment when I think about where you are, in God’s loving arms. Say hello to all our relatives and friends for me. I’m glad you made your way home, and don’t worry I will take care of Mom.

  2. Bob was a great friend and a long time prayer partner. He was a gentle giant. We met weekly for almost 10 years. Bob’s passing will leave a big hole in our group. His love and dedication for our Lord Jesus Christ was a shining example to others. God speed my friend.

  3. Bob, you did what we were put here on earth to do, walk in Jesus’ footsteps to find the Glory and Beauty of “Real Life”. You will be missed, but always remembered for the kind, gentle person you were.

  4. Bob’s friendship was so precious to us all. We all think about our own legacy from time to time – What will we leave behind? What will we be remembered for? What is it that people will think about us?

    With Bob the answer to these questions of legacy is very simple. Distill his life down to its essence and two words come to mind – kindness and gentleness. And what a legacy to admire! – to be remembered as kind and gentle.

    God has blessed us all with the life of Bob Couse. Our smile is large in reflecting on a life well lived. Lord welcome your newest child into your kingdom.

  5. I will always remember stopping at their house as I did my walks around the neighborhood. I would ring the doorbell and Bob’s smiling face answer the door. He always had time to visit, I valued his friendship and the kindness he had in his heart. For the family, I hope that in this time of sorrow, may there be quiet moments that offer peace and soothing memories that bring comfort to your heart. Heaven has a new angel to sing in their choir.

  6. Bob was one of the nicest guy I ever met, he always had time for my stopping and knocking on their door when I was walking in our neighborhood. I was welcomed into their home for a chat with great conversations and a nice glass of red wine.
    For the family, In this time of sorrow, may there be quiet moments that offer peace and soothing memories that bring comfort to your heart.
    Heaven has welcomed another angel in their choir. What a beautiful voice to add to that choir!

  7. Love to you, Carole. Bob was a very special man and a obviously loved by everyone who knew him. May he rest in peace. Blessings to you.

  8. I will always remember Bob from the times we spent together as neighbors and board members in Wolfpen. He was a delight to be around and work with. Carole, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Bob was an occasional Lector during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at his Church. It was a ministry he enjoyed and spoke of with gratitude for the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God.

  10. Bob was one of the kindest and gentlest men I ever met. I have vivid memories of him sitting in the Immaculate Conception gym beside Carole at Cursillo Ulrtrey meetings, his willingness to lead the praise-singing, with his constant smile not only lit up the room but my heart as well.
    He will be greatly missed.

  11. I’m sure Bob is resting with the light of God shining on his smile. Thank you for your friendship, laughing at my jokes and most of all for being a beautiful example of what it means to live life as a Catholic gentleman. You left a mark on me!

  12. I’ll miss the conversations before and after our prayer group. He was always a kind, gentle friend. He is already missed by many people and I know why.

    Bless Carole and Chrissy and Jennifer. Mike Boyce

  13. Bob was our good friend, and I will miss our time on the WolfPen Amenities Board and our weekly lunches at Jack in the Box


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