ROUSE, Elden 1907-1958
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/9/2016 at 16:12:32
Eldon Rouse Dies In Canal Zone
Eldon Rouse, who spent the early part of his life in Grundy Center, died very suddenly early Monday morning between 2 and 5 a.m. in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, where he had been stationed the past 16 years. Death came during his sleep. He had suffered a heart attack about a week before, from which it was believed that he was recovering.
The body will be sent to Grundy Center for burial. Services will be in Cristobal on Thursday morning. Mrs. Rouse will leave with the body Sunday. She is expected to arrive here Monday and the body will come the day following. They will come by plane.
Eldon Rouse was 50 years old. He was born in Grundy Center, November 4, 1907, and grew up here. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Rouse. He was the oldest of the Rouse children. He attended Grundy country school and later the Grundy Center school. He was married to Mary Connell in June 1939. They resided in Grundy Center until 1942 when they moved to Panama where Eldon was employed by the Panama Canal Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. H. B. Schaa and Mrs. Raymond Lynn, Grundy Center; and two brothers, Floyd, Grundy Center, and Russell, Columbia, Mo.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 August 1958, pg 6
Elden Rouse Rites Set For Thursday
Funeral services for Elden Rouse, who passed away suddenly Monday morning, Aug. 11 at Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone, will be held Thursday morning at the Sacred Heart church in Grundy Center at 10 o'clock. Rev. Fr. Donald Weydert will officiate. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery.
The Waterloo Fire Department Chief Ray Tiller and a delegation of Waterloo firemen representing the International Association of Firefighters will be honorary pallbearers at the funeral.
The body of Sgt. Elden Rouse, who had been on the Canal Zone fire department for 16 years, was flown to Houston, Texas following a service at the Holy Family Catholic church in Margarita, Canal Zone last Thursday. From Texas the corpse came by train to Waterloo where F. S. Ferree met it Tuesday evening. The Rosary was recited at the Ferree Funeral chapel Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Rouse arrived by plane Monday, and will be here for some time. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rouse and family of Columbia, Mo. are also here for the funeral, and are staying with his sister, Mrs. H. B. Schaa.
Sgt. Rouse was one of two men in the entire history of the fire department in the Canal Zone who had been promoted to sergeant from the federal government.
The deceased is survived by his wife, two brothers, Floyd, Grundy Center; Russell, Columbia, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. H. B. Schaa and Mrs. Raymond Lynn of Grundy Center.
D. A. Wardell Jr. who is on the police force at Cristobal and a close friend of Eldens, arrived this week from his home in Ohio, where he is spending his vacation, to be with the Rouse family.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 August 1958, pg 6
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