continued “We were friends ever since,” Castine said.
Shortly after, Castine got Couchey and the late Arto Monaco to help him create a comic book in honor of western star Tom Tyler.
“This book stirred up a lot of interesting memories in the older generation,” Couchey said in 2004. “The essence of working on something with Arto is something that I had wanted to do for a long time. When Cal came along and presented me with the opportunity, I jumped on it.”
Helped with museum
“The first word that comes to my mind is generous,” Burdick said. “He helped us so much when we opened the museum first in Hague and then in Ti. He was one of the first guys I met when I came here, and he would always come down and donate original pieces or do a class for kids about the art.”
Burdick said he would miss Couchey as a friend and artist.
“His was an excellent talent,” Burdick said. “He will be missed by everyone in the cartoon world. He was not just a local star, but a national treasure.”
‘A lot of fun’
Katherine Cross met Couchey when she was 14 and the two of them went to school together.
“He was a lot of fun,” she said. “Kind of a scamp - full of fun and always doing things. He even did a little drawing back then.”
Cross said he was very active in church even at a young age, being a leader of the youth group High Adventurers.
“He has always been a wonderful Christian man,” Cross said. “He was a person who never spoke anything bad about anyone. He always had something good to do and he was always willing to share his art. If there was an event at church and we needed a picture, he would make it.”