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James ‘Jim’ Coughlan

December 30, 2020 - 00:00
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James “Jim” Greggory Coughlan passed peacefully into the arms of our loving Jesus on Dec. 27, 2020, shortly after his 70th birthday, due to complications from COVID.

Jim was the fourth of eight children born to Joseph and Charlotte (Stafford) Coughlan on Dec. 11, 1950. He was raised on a farm east of Loyal.

Jim graduated from Lomega High School in 1969 and went on to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he met the love of his life, Linda Hinkle.

He graduated with a bachelor of science in accounting in May 1973.

The next week he married Linda on May 25, 1973, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Watonga. They made their home in Kingfi sher, where he lived until his death.

He started his career in the savings and loan industry and later earned his Certifi ed Public Accountant (CPA) certification and opened his own public accounting practice.

Later, he expanded this business to include fi nancial services and worked with his son, Jake, until his death.

In addition to Jake, Jim had one daughter, Jenni, and two grandchildren. He enjoyed being active in Jenni and Jake’s various extra-curricular activities growing up and nothing gave him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren, Olivia and Isiah, and attending their activities.

Jim enjoyed traveling and recently visited the Holy Land where Linda and he renewed their vows at Cana in Galilee. He was always planning his next trip, looking forward to traveling more.

Jim was very active in the Kingfisher community where he was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed helping Jake and various nephews earn the rank of Eagle Scout and volunteered many summers to teach kids to swim during Scout camps.

He served on the Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and Campfi re and volunteered many hours facilitating classes for children to earn religious awards through Scouting.

Jim was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council, where he previously served as Grand Knight.

He has served as Eucharistic minister, usher, church and fi nance board member at Sts. Peter and Paul.

Jim was a member of the Kingfi sher Lions Club and previously served as president.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Leland and Barbara Hinkle; and brothers-in-law Leland Ray Hinkle and Don Roberts.

Jim is survived by his wife, Linda of Kingfi sher; daughter, Jenni (Kevin) Fosbenner of Edmond; son, Jake (Dr. Kate) Coughlan of Kingfisher; grandchildren Olivia and Isiah Fosbenner of Edmond; siblings Kathleen Roberts of Hayden, Idaho, Charlie (Cindy) Coughlan of Kingfisher, John (Melody) Coughlan of Kingfi sher, Joe (Michelle) Coughlan of Kingfisher, Charlotte (Paul) Morgan of Manteca, Calif., Leo (Julie) Coughlan of Kansas City, Kan., and Mary Ann (Tom) Lough of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law, Melda (Ken) Fischer of Kingfi sher, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Due to social distancing protocols, a private funeral mass will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Kingfi sher at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. The mass will be live streamed on Facebook.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, The Center of Family Love or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.