Dr. Robert "Bob" Rouse

May 24, 1922February 24, 2013
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Dr. Robert “Bob” Lyle Rouse, a.k.a. “Papa,” the great orator, favored professor, intuitive research analyst, honorable war veteran, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, “went to sleep” on Sunday, February 24, 2013, doing one of the activities he loved most: watching a Texas Tech basketball game, his university that he faithfully supported and followed for decades. He had just returned home after taking his wife of 67 ½ years, Elta, to church and lunch, ending his eventful Sunday watching Texas Tech Sports in his favorite study. He was 90 years old. Indeed, a peaceful exit to a beautiful life full of service, generosity, and love that emanated throughout the entire West Texas Region and beyond. Born May 24, 1922 in Vinton, Iowa, Bob married little sprightly Elta on August 30, 1945. As a Professor, Bob taught Economics, Business Administration, and Finance, beginning at the University of Iowa for 2 years (1948-1950), then, returning to Texas where he taught at Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University on related topics from 1950-1999 and served on numerous Academic Committees. Moreover, Bob also served as an Elder and Sunday Bible School Teacher at Broadway Church of Christ for decades. He has gone before his soulmate of 67 ½ years, Elta (Carroll) Rouse; his two children Judy (Rouse) Looper (married to Larry Looper) and Randy (Lyle) Rouse (married to Judy (Harrisberger) Rouse; his four grandchildren Rob Looper (following in Bob’s footsteps as a professor), Amy Looper Goodyear (married to Marcus Goodyear), (Richard) Layne Rouse (married to Xueling “Apple” Cai Rouse), and Jenness Rouse; three great-grandchildren, C.J. Goodyear and Lyle Goodyear (Marcus and Amy’s children), and baby Salayna Rouse (Layne and Apple’s daughter); as well as his sister-in-law Opal (Carroll/Paden) Willoughby (married to Charles Willoughby) and her sons (Bob’s nephews) Spencer, Russel, and Brad Paden, and their spouses and children; five nieces, Karen Anderson, Donna Scudder, Peggy Quinn, Enid Moore and Kerry Edwards; one nephew, Jimmy Rouse; along with many friends and comrades throughout Texas, including those at the Carillon Windsong Retirement Center, where he had recently made a name for himself as a great orator, teacher, storyteller, and friend.

We love you Papa! We miss you and know that you are playing “Nola” on your new Grand in Glory, awaiting your family to join you. See you soon. (Written in love and admiration by granddaughter Jenness Rouse). Visitation will be held Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Resthaven Funeral Home from 5:00-6:30pm. Memorial Service will be Friday, March 1, 2013 at Broadway Church of Christ at 2:00 pm under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 1, 2013

Dr. Robert "Bob" Rouse

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March 6, 2013

Elta and Family,

We just read about your loss of Bob and wanted you to know how much we loved Bob, as well as you.

You are in our thoughts and prayers and hope to see you soon when we travel to Lubbock.

In Christ,
Joe and Elayne Cornett

Mark&Diane Ochs

March 4, 2013

What a man! I am disappointed that I didn't know him. However, knowing his family seems to be close to knowing him. Beautifully written obituary, Jenness. Your family is in our prayers.

March 1, 2013

The world lost two great pianists this week, both Texans namely Van Cliburn and Bob Rouse! I'll never forget his and Elta's support of me and my dream of becoming a professional singer. Music was such a great part of his life and my favorite memories of him center around listening to his booming baritone voice filling his house as he accompanied himself on the piano. Godspeed Brother Rouse. The Heavenly Choir just gained a beautiful singing soul.


February 28, 2013

Brother Rouse made a great contribution to the teaching staff while he worked with Lubbock Christian

Becky Hudgins

February 27, 2013

I had the privilege of working with Dr. Rouse in the Department of Economics in the 70's. Even though I was just a student assistant, he made me feel special and valued. Blessings to his family at this time.

Glen Cary

February 27, 2013

Dr. Rouse was my favorite Professor at Texas Tech. If he taught it. I took it. He was also a great personal friend and mentor.

Toni Krebbs

February 27, 2013

I loved listening to Dr. Rouse's stories over coffee at Market Street. He loved learning and teaching, but he loved his beatiful wife and family the most. He was one of the most intelligent persons I have ever known.

Ann Seidenberger

February 27, 2013

Bob was a good man and will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed listening to him speak of the many places which he visited. He had so much knowledge. God Bless to the family.

Andy Hutchison

February 27, 2013

Dr Rouse was great Christian example. As a professor he never exhibited anything but integrity and effective principles that could/should be used in the professional world! I'm sure his influence will be felt for years.

February 27, 2013

We are so sorry to learn of Bob's death!! We have great memories of the welcome you two extended us when we moved to TTU 43 years ago.
We extend our love and prayers to you in this time of sorrow. May your deep faith and the love of family and friends sustain you in your grief.
Linda and Carl Stem