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John Rouse

November 29, 1936 ~ December 8, 2020 (age 84)




John David Rouse of 84 years lifted to Heaven on 12/8/2020 in Spokane, WA. He was born in Baker City, Oregon, to Jack and Palma Rouse, where he grew up on the Rouse Cattle Ranch with siblings Mary Ann McGrath, Pat Rouse, Janet Schomburg, and David Rouse. He attended St. Frances Academy Catholic School and was most known for his athletic basketball skills that carried them to the State Tournament. John had a larger-than-life personality, not to mention raising cain around Baker County in fast cars, playing cat and mouse with the law. He married Lorraine Haydock in 1961 and celebrated having two daughters Garnette and Linette. They enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, and family gatherings at the Rouse Ranch.  He later married Lynda Jo Pagnotta in 1983 and gained two bonus daughters Melanie and Lori. They enjoyed many years of adventures in their motor home with their two precious Pomeranians’ Lucy and Sophie. John served honorably in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War 1959-1963. He enjoyed careers in Land Surveying, Land Development, and Owned/Operated Basalt Railroad Rock until he retired in 2004. John was beloved by all for his big Irish smile, warm & loving heart, and positive outlook on life. He was always up for a good Irish Whiskey Toast and was the life of the party! He will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his wife: Lynda Jo Rouse; Daughters: Garnette Rouse (Don Prenevost), Linette Rouse-Dressel, Melanie Lynch (Jerry) and Lori Weiss; Grandchildren: John Dressel, Hayden Dressel, Gabrielle Lynch, and Gavin Lynch; Siblings: Mary Ann McGrath and David Rouse. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack & Palma Rouse, and siblings Pat Rouse & Janet Schomburg. A memorial service and celebration of life will take place later in Baker City, Oregon, Spring/Summer 2021 TBD.



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