Coutre was born on April 11, 1928 in Chicago.
Coutre died May 19, 2008 due to a heart aneurism in Boca Raton, Florida.
Coutre was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1950 NFL Draft and played that season with the team. After two seasons away from the NFL, he would split the 1953 NFL season between the Packers and the Baltimore Colts.
He played at the collegiate level at the University of Notre Dame.
He was also in the FBI and served papers to lawyers.