Eli White Rouse

August 31, 1945August 1, 2018
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Eli White Rouse, 72, of St. Albans completed his slow walk to heaven on August 1, 2018 at Hubbard Hospice House West after a short illness. He was born on August 31, 1945 in Matewan, WV. Eli graduated from St. Albans High School and attended West Virginia State College before enlisting in the West Virginia Air National Guard. He served with distinction in the 130th Airlift Wing at McLaughlin ANGB. Eli was retired from Union Carbide as a professional electrician, the West Virginia Air National Guard, and the State of West Virginia. He was a Master Weapons Instructor in the West Virginia Air National Guard and deployed to the Middle East during Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries during the War on Terror. Governor Jim Justice awarded Eli with the Distinguished West Virginian Awarded on March 30th, 2017.

Eli was preceded in death by his parents Fred Hugh and Beulah Oliver Rouse, an infant brother Charles William Rouse and many, many beloved family members, especially the Rouse and Davis families. He grieved over his little grandson, Lincoln who passed away, and when anyone asked how many grandchildren he had Eli always included little Lincoln.

Eli is survived by his brother, Darwin Edward Rouse, his beloved wife, Carrena Conley Rouse, his wonderful sons and daughters-in-law: James Edward Rouse (Kristen) of Charleston SC., William Hugh Rouse (Misty) of St. Albans, Charles Eli Rouse of Claymont, DE, and Andrew Kingsley Rouse (Denessa) of St. Albans. Eli loved his grandchildren more than words can express, Xavier, Victor, Rex, and Penelope were his life’s joy.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Hubbard Hospice House West, all the visitors from the Air Guard unit, church family from St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal church his many, many friends but especially the help that his niece, Sierra Belcher gave during his brief stay at Hubbard Hospice House West. Eli looked up to her and said, “you big hearted thing” and his beloved cousin, Laura Davis Ellis who he thought of as his sister.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, August 10th at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Albans. Burial will follow at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

A visitation with family and friends will be held onThursday, August 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that memorial donations in Eli's name be made to: Saint Mark's Episcopal Church 405 B St. Saint Albans, WV 25177

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  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018

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Hank Hinckley

August 9, 2018

Although 10 years my junior Eli was a true friend and one of the core group of go-to/make it happen folks that made the Saint Albans Town Fair joyful and successful and in the 1960s and 1970's the main source of local funding for the Saint Albans Public Library, later titled the St Albans Branch of the Kanawha County Public Library. A skilled, reliable craftsman who could always be counted on to BE THERE.
Aside from our Town Fair adventures Eli was always up for an adventure. His involvement with the St Mark's parish life and the Air Guard were always a welcome addition. Although many years have past I can still recall his ready smile and willing support of worthwhile causes. From the written words it is clear that the many wonderful attributes I can still recall from 50 years ago continued to serve well himself and the wonderful family he loved. HE WILL BE MISSED.
Blessed be those who in Eli's final time returned some of the love his life gave to others.

Steve Fesenmaier

August 8, 2018

Eli was one of the nicest people I have met in WV since I moved here 40 years ago. Great sense of humor and great energy. I met him thru Bob Gates, WV’s greatest filmmaker/photographer. I will miss you Eli.-

Diana Kimberlin

August 8, 2018

Eli and I were fellow classmates at Hansford Elementary, St. Albans Junior High, and t. Albans High. He was the quiet tall one! We are at that point in our lives when we are losing fellow classmates, friends and loved ones. It is sad but as the saying goes "it is what it is." Rest in peace, Eli. Memories are sweet.

Michael White

August 8, 2018

Eli was a good friend while I was in high school. I was younger but we got to be great buddies while I attended Saint Albans High School. Eli was always at the school during big events helping in any way he could, especially anything electrical. We remained friends after I graduated and saw each other often around town. After I moved away I was able to remain in contact through my parents. My dad worked at Carbide and knew Eli well. He always asked how I was doing. Everyone who knew Eli was blessed for the relationship. I will miss my friend but I have the memories!

Patty Hamilton

August 8, 2018

I was going to Washington D.C. a few years back and didn’t have a ride and I called Carrena and they so graciously said we will be more than glad to give you a ride however we won’t be coming back due to going on to see our son after convention. I accepted the invitation to ride with them and this is one I will never forget. The minute I met Eli I knew we were in for a treat. They both treated me like I was theirs. All the fun we had and the laughs of getting lost and Eli didn’t take the traditional route we took the most beautiful scenic route I had every been on. We talked and I learned so much about things he would point out and tell me about. After arriving in Washington Ithey took me under their wings and we had the best time. I am so thankful to have gotten to know these wonderful people and all the stories we shared. These will be memories I will cherish. God has you in his arms now and you can tell everyone there all your great times. You will be missed Eli.