William Richard “Rick” Coutant, 63, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at his home in Stillwater, after a four-year battle with cancer. His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Joseph Barnard of Kiltarlity, Scotland, nephew by marriage, will officiate. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa.
Rick was born on July 31, 1950, in Manhattan, Kan., to William Richard Coutant Sr. and Margaret Edith (Byerley) Coutant. He graduated from Sooner High School in Bartlesville in 1968. After attending the University of Kansas for a year, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University, where he was a member of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering fraternity.
Rick married Sherry Lynn Haas of Bartlesville on Aug. 7, 1971. From 1974-1978, Rick was employed by Texaco Inc. in Houston, Texas, as a project engineer. In 1978, he began a 25-year career with Phillips Petroleum Co. and Chevron-Phillips Chemical in Bartlesville, where he worked in the research and development of polymers. Rick was a member of the Oklahoma Society of Plastics Engineers. He and co-workers received the R&D 100 Award in 2000. Rick retired in 2003 and he and Sherry moved to Stillwater.
Rick is survived by his wife, Sherry, of the home; his son, Matthew Richard Coutant of Richardson, Texas; and his daughter, Marie Suzanne Johnston and her husband, Eric, of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret Coutant, of Tulsa; his brother, Kevin Coutant and wife, Dell, of Tulsa; and his grandsons, Jack and Alex Johnston of Oklahoma City. Also surviving are numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, William Richard Coutant, Sr., and his sister, Marilyn Kay Croston.
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