The world lost a great man on Thursday, May 16, 2013, when Michael Wilbur Rouse went to the great fishing home in the sky. A celebration to honor his life was held May 20 at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. In keeping with his wishes and generous spirit, his body has been donated to the University of Iowa for scientific purposes.
Michael was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Oxford Junction, the son of Chester Whipple and Florence Francis (Gerlich) Rouse. He was a 1952 graduate of Clarence High School. Michael served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He was united in marriage to Karolyn Ruth Hoeye in 1988 at the Red Oak Church in Tipton.
Michael worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Stanwood and Tipton Lions and Lowden Post 16 AMVETS.
Michael is loved and survived by his wife, Karolyn Rouse of Clarence; daughters, Kim Paulson of Eugene, Ore., and Marlo (William) Peterson of Pleasant Hill; sons, Todd (Sheila) Rouse of Olin, Tim (Monica) Rouse of Durant, Tyler (Deb) Rouse of Mechanicsville, and Kevin (Jill) Paulson of Solon and Galyn (Robyn) Paulson of Roseburg, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Anne Fetz of Sioux City, Jean (Donald) Maher of Tipton and Gladys (Ronny) Hurtis of Macon, Ga.; and brothers, Raymond (Kathy) Rouse of Tipton and Thomas (Ramona) Rouse and John (Mary Jo) Rouse, both of Princeton, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Chester; sisters, Mary Brinkman and Betty Christopherson; and son, Shawn Paulson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clarence Library Building Fund or Cedar County Volunteer Services. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.