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John Michael Rouse

John Michael Rouse, Sr (63) of Sitka, Alaska passed peaceful in his sleep at 4:00 am on November 9, 2019 after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He is survived by his wife Kathleen Rouse.  John was a beloved father to his daughter Heather Peters and son-in-law Brian Peters of Roy, Washington, son John Michael Rouse Jr. and daughter-in-law Melissa Rouse of Navarre, Florida and daughter Melissa Navarro and son-in-law Israel Navarro of Clearfield, Utah.  He was also blessed with 6 grandchildren Megan Wilson (17), Lauren Wilson (15), Abigail Wilson (14), Lillian Navarro (7), Hunter Navarro (4) and Ava Rouse (1).   In addition, he had 4 step-children Dale Lindstrom, Carl Lindstrom IV and Kori Lindstrom all of Sitka, Alaska and Jennifer Metlicka of Wasilla, Alaska.  John is also survived by his sister Beverly Carr of Parkersburg, West Virginia and niece Jennifer Lockhart of Clayton, North Carolina. 

John was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on August 23, 1956 to Amos and Betty Rouse.  He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974 and was a proud member of the Big Red Marching Band. 

John Served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1993 and retired as a Sergeant First Class (SFC) working in Logistics.  He served in many locations including Fort Richardson, Alaska which was his favorite duty station. Also, he met two of his best friends while serving in the Army, Bruce Borup and Dave Crago.

John was a great outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, cruise around the islands of Sitka in his boat and camping with friends and family.   He had a great sense of humor and was loved by so many.  John had never met a stranger and had always been the guy that would give the shirt off his back to help someone out. 

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A candle was lit in memory of John Rouse

Carol Boughton Nov 14 2019 12:00 AM

The world will be a little bit sadder knowing that my cousin John is not out there in the great outdoors doing all the things he loved. I never saw him or a picture of him when he didnt have a big, ornery grin on his face. Rest in peace, Cousin. Prayers to the family in this time of loss.

Roberta Ziemba Nov 13 2019 12:00 AM