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Edwin D Coughenour

July 13, 1929 — July 11, 2017

Edwin "Ed" D. Coughenour, 87, of Kingsley, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center. Ed was born in Maxwell, Iowa, the son of Leslie D. and Winifred L. (Veneman) Coughenour, on July 14, 1929. He attended school in Maxwell graduating with the class of 1947. After graduation, Ed enlisted in the Army on July 9, 1947 at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois and was honorably discharged May 28, 1949. Ed was united in marriage to Dolores Skartwed August 27, 1953 in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Ed attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, graduating in 1954 with a degree in Education. That same year he began teaching and coaching at Kingsley-Pierson High School, which spanned 52 years.Ed coached 50 seasons since founding the girl's softball program at Kingsley-Pierson High School in 1956. His team first qualified for the state tournament in 1959 and made state tournament appearances 25 times in fall and summer softball under his guidance. He was one of the winningest softball coaches in Iowa's history with more than 1,500 victories. Ed was honored in 1987 by the National High Schools Association as Coach of the Year.Ed was a member of United Church of Christ in Kingsley, serving as church treasurer, and National High Schools Coaches Association.Survivors include his wife, Dolores, daughters Ann Coughenour (Tracy Reseigh) and Cara Coughenour, son, Bruce Coughenour, and sisters, Annabel Moss and Arleen O'Hara.Ed was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Forest and Vernon Coughenour, sister, Katie Ochanpaugh and daughter-in-law, Cindy Coughenour.
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