Richard ‘Dick’ Rouse, 84


Richard "Dick" Rouse, 84, of Benton, died on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.

Celebration of Life services will be announced at a future date. Morton and Johnston Funeral Home in Benton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Rouse was born on June 9, 1936, in Libertyville, the son of Harry and Constance (Rollins) Rouse. He married Arlene Rodgers on July 27, 1955, they later divorced. He married Linda K. Higgerson on February 14, 1981.

Mr. Rouse was a veteran of the US Army. He worked as a mining engineer for several coal companies, and even after retirement continued working as a consultant. Mr. Rouse also worked as a substitute teacher, which he greatly enjoyed. He loved to be outdoors hunting and  fishing. 

Mr. Rouse is survived by his wife; three children, Orrie (Betty) Rouse of Energy, Donna (Gary) Yeske of Witt and John (Lucinda) Rouse of Nashville, TN; four step-children, Melissa (Steven) Moore, Joey Smith of Benton, Amy (Travis) Greenwood of Benton and J.B. Wilcox of White Plains, KY; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim (Julie) Rouse of Atlanta, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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