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Richard Kelly Couch

Richard Kelly Couch, 82 of Vernon, Texas, passed away peacefully on Sunday,
March 17, 2024, at his home in Vernon, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 10 a.m. at First
Presbyterian Church with Rev. George Records o􀵶 ciating. Burial will follow at
Eastview Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan Funeral Home.
Kelly was born Saturday, Oct. 18, 1941, in El Centro, Columbia, South
America. He was the son of James Richard Couch and Mary Ann (Kelly) Couch.
He married Susan Morris in 1992 in Vernon, Texas. Kelly graduated from Vernon
High School, where he played football and ran track. Kelly received a track
scholarship to Southern Methodist University where he graduated in May of
1965 with a bachelor’s degree in business. In December of 1965, Kelly entered
the Marines. Because of his college degree he entered as a commissioned o􀵶 cer.
After serving his country with honor in Vietnam, Kelly returned to the US and was
released from active duty in 1968. For a number of years Kelly lived in Louisiana,
before returning to his home town of Vernon, Texas. Kelly went on to attended
Mid-Western State University and graduated with a master’s degree in history. He
then taught history at Vernon College.
Kelly was an avid golfer (even in Vietnam). He was President of the Louisiana
Cotton Producers from the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. Kelly enjoyed politics,
serving on the Vernon City Council for a number of years before being elected
Mayor, which he served faithfully for 10 years. He enjoyed having co􀵵 ee with
the guys at the Herring Bank, talking about and solving all the issues in Vernon.
Kelly was an active member of the Rotary Club. Kelly and his wife Susan enjoyed
traveling to many locations in the US and around the world, including Washington
D.C., China, and Israel. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church.
Kelly is survived by his wife Susan of Vernon, Texas; his sister Nancy Kelly
(Couch) Battle of Houston, Texas and her children Kelly Battle of Houston, Texas
and Christine (Battle) Longbottom of Greater Perth, Australia; his children, Leigh
Kelly (Couch) Gri􀵶 n of Royse, Texas, Richard Wade Couch of Garland, Texas,
and Valerie Snead and husband Will of Amarillo, Texas; 􀂿 ve grandchildren, Faith,
Morgan, Will, Ben, and Luke; and six great-grandchildren.
Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Mary Ann Couch.
Visitation will be Friday, March 22, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at First
Presbyterian Church, Vernon, Texas.
Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1977, Vernon,
Texas 76385, The Rotary Club of Vernon, Texas, 2701 Highland Park Dr., Vernon,
Texas 76384.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.
sullivanfuneralhomevernon.com.

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