John W. Couse


John W. Couse, 72, was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Oneonta, New York on July 16, 1946, he was the son of Robert and Betty Couse. He was a graduate of Oneonta High School and moved to the Ballston Spa area in the 1960’s.

John was a welder and hard facing instructor for 20 years at General Electric. After leaving GE, he opened a welding and repair shop in Charlton. He later began his family businesses in Ballston Spa, Couse and Sons, a steel fabrication and erection company, and J&R Welding Supply and Fuel Oil. He then branched out into Fort Edward, opening Bigelow’s Energy.

John enjoyed life, whether he was with his family at his home on Saratoga Lake or in Florida. He loved fishing, boat rides, jet skiing or just being at the lake. He liked to bowl with his sons and treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his grandparents John and Pauline Kreger, mother Betty Edson, father Robert Couse, and his beloved dogs Sherese and Sandin. John is survived by his wife Linda; sons John Couse (Kim), and Rick Couse (Lisa); grandchildren Tyler, Amanda, Brett, and Vanessa; great granddaughter Paisley; brother Bob Couse (Joan); sister Paula Struble (Don); uncle Edward Kreger; several half brothers, half sisters, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9:30am Tuesday, September 18 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow in Ballston Spa Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 17 from 5pm to 8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to St Mary’s Church or Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Guest Book

Don Perkins

So sad to hear of John's passing. Always enjoyed having coffee with him and Linda at the Bears Cafe. Prayers are with his family

Mike & Donna Venturiello/ Mom & Pops Cafe

Linda & family.. we are so sorry for your loss..
We loved getting to know you both when you came in for breakfast.. Thinking of you all..

Amanda Couse

I miss you grandpa. Thank you for all the things you did for me! I love you grandpa.

John Nichols

John was a customer of mine when I ran a gas station at the corner of Milton and Prospect. He became my friend and I admired his hardworking, happy nature. I was unhappy with the man who plowed my gas station so I asked John to do it and he was there as soon as it snowed and always did an excellent job.
Prayers to Linda and his sons John and Rick and family. On a humorous note.... I'll always laugh when I think of the time I phoned his house looking to speak with ( little) John and John answered and I said" hi John this is John is John there?"

Kevin Perry

One will never forget his laugh, love of life and family. I am lucky enough to have known him, call his son Rick one of my best friends and have worked with him and his family. My thoughts, prayers and love extent to you and your family... see you on the other side..

Richard Sanford

Condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family of a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.
I have many treasured memories of John, he will be missed by many.