Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


John Orde Rousseau

April 4, 1942February 11, 2020

John Orde Rousseau 77, of Oriental passed away February 11, 2020.

John worked for Duke University as Director of the Computation Center and Measurement Incorporated. After he retired he enjoyed sailing at Kerr Lake and the Neuse, wood working in his shop, playing guitar and going to his vacation home in West Jefferson, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne A. Rousseau; daughter, Christina Wilkinson of San Carlos, CA; step son, Brian McCain of Raleigh; son, Anthony Rousseau of Camarillo, CA; grandchildren, Katelyn, Matthew, Ramsey, Sarah, Rachel; one great grandchild. A memorial service will be held 5:30pm Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Cotten Funeral Home. A reception will follow.

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online Condolences may be made to the Rousseau family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


John Orde Rousseau

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Kendra Timberlake

February 17, 2020

I still have my wonderful wooden pens, magnifying glass, flower bowl, and even the foot rest that he made for me when I was pregnant. Such beautiful reminders of our dear friend, Jay.

Kendra Timberlake

Henry Scherich

February 17, 2020


We noticed the obituary about Jay in the Durham Herald/Sun. Very sorry to read it.

Great memories of working with Jay in MI’s early days in getting MI’s computer systems operational and Linda and I have letter openers, coin boxes, and other very nice items that he gave us from his woodworking hobby.

Hope you are doing well. Please come and see us if you are ever in Durham.


Henry H. Scherich, Ph.D., Founder/CEO
Measurement Incorporated

Neal Paris

February 15, 2020

Lynn, I saw Jay's obituary in the Herald Sun, and what I felt, first of all, was, of course, a loss. But that was quicky followed by such pleasant memories of the time I worked under him. I remember his intelligence, his calmness, his sly sense of humor, his lack of pretense, all as if it was yesterday. I can picture Edith Minton at her desk, Lige Robbins next door, and there in the corner office, Jay. A good man, well remembered. And Lynn, in closing, best to you, of course.
Neal Paris

Scot, Maureen @ Emily Shepherd

February 14, 2020

We are so sorry about the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man and so creative! His woodworking projects are pieces of art that you can cherish forever. We know what a difficult time this is for you. Please know that
We are always here for you.
We love you,
Scot, Maureen & Emily