Robert Lee Rouse
October 28, 1945 – March 24, 2021
Robert Lee Rouse, a son of the late Laurence and Elizabeth Terry Rouse, was born in Glens Falls, NY on October 28, 1945 and passed away at home in Waynesboro, VA on March 24, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Bob graduated from Argyle High School in 1963 and later in life received his Associates degree in Industrial Technology from Empire State College. He was an Army and Naval Reservist.
After working 26 years with GE in Fort Edward, he was recruited by Neuman USA as Vice President of Operations. Eventually pursuing his lifelong dream of owning his own business, Bob opened Clark Manufacturing. Bob was an Eagle Scout, a former president of J. A. Barkley Hose Co., and was chosen Elk of the Year for BPOE Lodge 2680. He also served on the YMCA Board of Directors.
Bob is survived by his loving children Ronda Cunningham, Laurence Rouse, and Laura Blow; his sisters Martha Driscoll and Mary Rouse and brother Peter Rouse. He is a loving grandfather of 8 and 1 great-granddaughter. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Carol Rouse.
Also surviving is a former wife Patricia Rouse and her children, Brian Almy and Jennifer Hall and their children.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Cheryl and a brother Larry.
Graveside services will be held at a future date at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Argyle, NY.
All his life Bob was a big supporter of children. In lieu of flowers, please send all donations directly to the Waynesboro YMCA 648 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980; or to the Boys and Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, 302 E. Main St., Waynesboro, VA 22980; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. 540.949.8383
648 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, Virginia 22980
Boys and Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County
302 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Virginia 22980
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert Lee Rouse
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March 31, 2021
Bob was best man at my wedding, and I was at his, lifelong friends!! Went to school together, and there is nowhere near enough space to share half the adventures we participated in together!!!! Rest In Piece partner !!!!!......
March 29, 2021
Bob was one of my favorite cousins and I loved him dearly. He had a calm accepting demeanor, especially this younger cousin who followed him when he went fishing during our camp stays. I will miss him but will look for him as one of the stars.
March 28, 2021
MY PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, MAY OUR LORD COMFORT YOU ALL AT A SORROWFUL TIME LIKE THIS!!!....( DERRY MCCOY/CO-WORKER AND FRIEND)....
March 27, 2021
It was sad news to hear that Bob had passed. He personified the American dream- he came from humble beginnings, served his country, transitioned to private industry, and then started his own successful firm. During this time he also grew his family, which was always important to him. He will be remembered as not only as very successful businessman but a generous and kind soul who was willing to help out family and friends. He lived his life his way and it was certainly a "life well lived". Fair winds, soft landings till we meet again.
March 27, 2021
You were such a kind hearted soul. I am so happy you broke free and were able to reconnect guilt free with those who meant the most. And right up till the end, you were still Bob Rouse —sensible, compassionate, generous, and lots of fun to be with. You will be missed!
March 27, 2021
My Papa was my rock. I can’t imagine not having him there as I grew up. He always did so much for others and I will admire that forever. I will always think about the wonderful memories he created for me, the goals he set, and dreams he dreamed, not just for himself, but for me too. I am not just fortunate, but blessed to have had him be my papa. He always will be. This I will remember: When the rest of life is through, the finest thing I’ve ever done is simply loving you.
March 26, 2021
I will always remember all the special times with my father. Our lives together and spoiling him. How much he loved his grandchildren. How much he wanted to build memories and have everyone together. The traditions and morals he tried to instill in all five of his children. I will always be grateful for the man that was there for me always from the time I was one.