Independence – Clarence D. Rouse, 77 years old, of rural Independence , Iowa , died on Saturday, March 23, 2019 , at ABCM Rehab. Center of Independence – West Campus in Independence . He was born in Independence on September 9, 1941 , the son of Wayne Luther and Norma Irene ( Moore ) Rouse. He attended school in Brandon , Iowa . On June 22, 1963 , he and the former Jean Ann Paisley were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence . Mr. Rouse worked for Wilson Packing Co. in Cedar Rapids , Iowa , and Donnelly’s Tire Shop in Independence before starting as an assembler at John Deere Co. in Waterloo . He retired in 1996 after 30 years at John Deere. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Independence and U.A.W. Local #838. He was an active member of the Pony Express Riders of Iowa for 45 years. He was also a member of N.E.I.S.C.A. Horse Club, helped with the 4-H horse program, and was a transportation driver for residents of Oak View in Independence .
Mr. Rouse is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean, 2 sons, Dan (Jayne) Rouse of Cedar Rapids and Robbie (Marta) Rouse of Independence, and 1 daughter, Sherry (Randy) Coventry of Oviedo, Florida. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Fr. Jacob Rouse, Joshua Rouse, Justin Rouse, Adam Nash, Courtney Rouse, Madison Rouse, Riley Rouse, Kaylah Rouse, Dillon Coventry, and D.J. Coventry, and 1 brother, Glen Rouse of Tulsa , Oklahoma .
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, Harry Rouse, and 1 sister, Sharon Rouse.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 , at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence with Rev. John Hougen officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence . Friends may call for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 29th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence . On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com. A Memorial Fund for the Pony Express Riders of Iowa has been established. They can be contracted on line at www.ponyexpressridersofiowa.org.