Funeral service for Harley J. Rouse of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer. Pastor Lee Laaveg will officiate.
Interment will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Ayrshire. Military rites at the gravesite will be presented by the Ayrshire American Legion.
Visitation is TuesdayOct. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangemetns.
Harley John Rouse was born on Sept. 20, 1928 to John and Ada (Eaton) Rouse at Ayrshire. He was a 1946 graduate of Silver Lake Consolidated High School.
Harley served state side in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict.
He was united in marriage to Elaine Pilquist on Oct. 2, 1955 until her death, in 1975. To this union three sons were born. On June 5, 1978, Harley married Colleen J. Conlon.
Harley farmed in the Curlew-Ayrshire area and sold Purina Feed and Pioneer Seed for 33 years. He also worked for Hoover Real Estate Company. In 1981 he and Colleen moved to the Ruthven community and in 2003 they retired and moved to Spencer.
Harley served on the Ayrshire School board as well as the Ayrshire Elevator board. He was a director for the Ayrshire Farmers Mutual Telephone Company from 1977 until 2007. Harley was a member of the Ayrshire American Legion, Clay County Cattlemen's Association, receiving Cattleman of the Year award in 1999 and the KWMT Outstanding Cattle Producer Award in 1981.
Harley was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer. Prior to that he had been a long time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven, where he had served on various boards and committees throughout the years.
Harley passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at the Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Elaine; brothers, Ralph, Rex and Raymond; and sisters, Nellie and Velma.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen of Spencer; his children, Randy and Julie Rouse of Corydon, Rich and Sue Rouse of Emmetsburg, and Ron and Suzanne Rouse of Curlew; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Marge King, May Schoessler, Bertha Wagner, Gert Colegrove, Jean Rowe and Goldie Buckner; many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be donated to your choice of charity, in Harley's name.
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