Elno A. “Al” Coulson

Elno A. “Al” Coulson

Elno A. “Al” Coulson, age 84, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on May 15, 2023, at Harmony Care Center in Dubuque, while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Al’s life, a private family graveside service is being held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Al’s family.


Al was born on October 28, 1938, in Windom, MN, a son Archie and Della (Jensen) Coulson.  He spent most of his life as a truck driver, but was also the proud owner of Key City Vending for many years.  Al was married to Mary Lou Sitz and the couple was blessed with many wonderful years together and three children before she was sadly called home ahead of him.  Thankfully, Al found the joy of companionship once again with Sandy Bush in his later years.  Al always enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free-time and appreciated any opportunity to be in the outdoors whenever possible.  We will miss Al and his independent spirit moving forward, but thankfully he leaves behind an abundance of memories which will surely help to ease the pain our hearts carry today.  Thank you, Al, for always being true to yourself and may peace be yours now as we wait patiently to see you face to face once again.   


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Al include,


his children,

Scott (Tina) Coulson, Dubuque, IA,

Doug Coulson, Phoenix, AZ,

and Robin (Mark) Kelleher, Dubuque, IA;


his 15 grandchildren;


his 33 great-grandchildren;


his siblings,

Lonnie Coulson, Fairmont, MN,

and Connie Sutherland, Windom, MN;


his step-children,

Bob Coulson, CO,

and Cheryl (Owen) Rohr, Dubuque, IA;


his dear friends,

Sandy Bush, Dubuque, IA,

and Kris, Deb, and Sheri;


his good friends,

Gary Pfohl and Earl Lape;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Al was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou (Seitz) Ruble Coulson; his siblings, Bob, Duke, Jack, Jim, Darlene, and Jo Ann; his granddaughter, Stephanie Coulson Rettenmaier; and his step-son, Terry (Linda) Ruble.


Al’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Finley Hospital, Harmony Care Center, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Buffy, for all of their professional and compassionate care of Al and his family during these last weeks.  Your kindness and patience has truly brought some much appreciate peace into these very difficult days.


Online condolences may be shared with Al’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

To honor Al’s life, a private family graveside service is being held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

6 comments on “Elno A. “Al” Coulson
  1. Robin Kelleher says:

    Dad, may you rest in peace now with mom. Love you always. I’m sorry I didn’t bring you home…. Love your (Twin) ❤

  2. Georg and Marie Moeller and Family says:

    Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to his family. Al was a truly great friend who enjoyed life with a sharp wit and a no nonsense approach to every circumstance. We were fortunate to have been included in his many escapades and loved to hear him reminisce about the good times. He will be always remembered and missed. See you in the back by the pool Al!

  3. Monika Moeller says:

    It’s been years but I still remember Chicago runs in the Karmann Ghia. RIP “Uncle” Al.

  4. Jym Lyons and Nancy Germain says:

    Sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We lost touch in the past 10 years or so. But he was a great guy who I really did like. I am glad I had the opportunity knowing him, and he will be missed.

  5. Robin I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I’m sure he will be greatly missed. Just always remember all the memories and time you had with him. Now he is with your mom enjoying the afterlife. Sheila Meyer (Newton)

  6. David (Sam) Pitts says:

    Sorry to hear about Al. I sure had some good times with him. May he rest in peace.

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