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“Linda. I am so sad to here of Carl's passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. You remember we went to SUI together and graduated and...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Robert Claxton - Blaine, MN

“Our condolences from pur family you your in this time of sorrow. Your family are all in our Prayers during this hard moment in your lives. Dr. Rouse...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Beverly Caraccio - Centerville, IA

“Thinking about you this morning and so hoped to be there with you. I just couldn't leave Kenneth at home alone with his Parkinson's its a problem. ...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Carol Irelan Crawford - IA

“Matt, Linda and Sam I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Rouse's passing. He was always such a kind man and his smile just seemed to make you feel better. My...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Tonya (Quick) Showers - Leon, IA

“Linda, Sam and Matt. With caring thoughts and sympathy for your family. I am praying for peace and comfort at the loss of Carl. May family, friends...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Vicki Forret Russell - IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed talking with Carl at family gathers and having conversations about sports. Carl was a very nice man. Your...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Teagan (Gay) Padget and Family - IA

“Carl had the easiest going additude I have ever seen,always helpful and smiling.I always liked to see carl at family events,and was always friendly...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: kermit exline - seymour, IA

“Dr. Rouse was a very kind man with a gentle smile. He impacted the Leon community in such a way that his memory lives on in the hearts and minds of...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Darcy Reynolds - Sioux CIty, IA

“So very sorry for the loss of Dr Rouse. He was a dedicated and caring physician and gentleman. My family appreciated his care as their doctor and I...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Bill & Allyson Reynolds - Decatur, IA

“My absolute favorite Dr. while growing up. Thoughts and prayers to his family. ”
10 of 38 | Posted by: Angie Kernen - Decatur, IA

“While growing up in Leon I preferred appointments with Dr. Rouse if at all possible. He was genuinely kind and compassionate. So sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Elizabeth Smith - Pleasanton, CA

“Linda and family, Our love goes out to you and your family. Carl and you are very special to us with wonderful memories of 4-H days. Prayers to...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Margaret Mordan - Albia, IA

“Dr.Rouse will be missed. ”
13 of 38 | Posted by: Chris Duerr - Leon, IA

“Dr. Rouse was a special man. He not only helped his patients with their medical conditions but also cared about them as individuals with individual...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Linda Hanson Muxlow - Minneapolis, MN

“Dr Rouse was a genuinely nice person and wonderful Dr. He took care of my 4 kids and myself and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Jill Cohoon-Atess - Ankeny, IA

“Dr. Rouse was a caring, compassionate doctor who treated his patients with dignity and respect. My condolences to all the family. ”
16 of 38 | Posted by: Natalie Felkner - Centerville, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Dr. Rouse and seeing him as a patient. He was very kind. Sending prayers and thinking of his...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Shelly Greenland - Decatur City, IA

“So sorry for your loss, Carl was a great man. ”
18 of 38 | Posted by: Danny Flummer - Gardner, KS

“My condolences to Linda, Sam,Matt and the rest of the Rouse family at this time of sorrow. Dr. Rouse was such a great,kind and thoughtful man. He...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Val (Epps) Eide - Clive, IA

“Expressing Heart Felt prayers for Carl's family. Always a smile...He was a good man. Fond memories of him and is his family. Rest in Peace our...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Lucretia Hamilton - Davis City

“Just an awsome family. Carl made alot of great memories with his family. Knowing the Rouses well has been a privilege! ”
21 of 38 | Posted by: Jeff Lucas - norwalk, IA - friend

“My thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Levida Wigal O'Neal - Bethany, MO

“i will always look up to you and miss you. my heart goes out to my other family the Rouse's. ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: Larry Lucas - Indianola, IA

“My condolences to Linda, Sam and Matt. It's difficult to lose a man as kind and loving as Carl. I feel blessed to have known him. ”
24 of 38 | Posted by: Denise Palmer Simmons - Leon, IA

“I'm so truly sorry to see this Obituary for Dr Rouse. He was such a wonderful Dr to me in my early years as a graduate Nurse He taught me so much and...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Laura (Fickes) Williams - Leon, IA

“Many condolences to Dr. Rouses' family. So sorry to hear of your loss. ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Emily Jennings-Naylor and family - OR

“I am so so sorry for your loss. Hoping you find comfort in sweet memories. ”
27 of 38 | Posted by: Patricia Timmens - Goatsburg

“Dr Rouse was a very special person and I am very glad I got to know him in the time I worked with him. He will be greatly missed by many. ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: Kathy Reed - IA

“Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family today. ”
29 of 38 | Posted by: Shelley (Warren) Reed - Nevada, IA

“dr rouse was a wonderful person as a doctor and a friend .really sorry to hear of his passing.may god bless hes family. ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: diona crowder - centerville, IA

“My sympathy goes out to Linda and the family at the time of Carl's passing. My prayers are with you ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Marie main - centerville, IA

“So sorry to learn of Carl's passing. May God surround all of Carl's family with his loving and protective arms. ”
32 of 38 | Posted by: Lou Ellen (Rowley) Swinney - TX

“My heartfelt condolences to Linda, Sam, Matt, and the entire family of Carl. It is never easy to let them go but God has a bigger and better plan....Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Linda Boothe - Davis City, IA

“Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. ”
34 of 38 | Posted by: nellie thomas - Centerville, IA

“Dr. Rouse was such a nice man. He was wonderful to my daughter, Jessie and my granddaughters. He had a great sense of humor and a gentle touch. My...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Jane Craver - Cincinnati, IA

“My heart goes out to Linda and all the family. He will be greatly missed he was a wonderful and caring person and a great doctor who was my family's...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Shyrel Hermon - Centerville, IA

“We extend our condolences to Linda, Sam, Matt and family on the loss of Carl. We will remember him fondly for his kindness and devotion to his...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Pat & Teresa Greenwood - Lamoni, IA

“To the family,sorry for your loss,I really enjoyed his sense of humor even if you were sick he could make you smile. ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Mary Shondel - Centerville, IA


Carl Edward Rouse, first child of Warren Albert Rouse and Ethel June Tisue Rouse, was born at the home of his maternal grandparents, Harry and Carrie Tisue, in Moravia, Iowa, on April 29, 1941. His family lived and farmed in the Hilton neighborhood of Monroe Township, Monroe County, Iowa, on land purchased in 1909 by his great grandfather, Lewis Cass Rouse. Carl attended the Fairview country school located just south of the Rouse home.

As a youngster Carl enjoyed family vacations to historic sites and visits to extended family. He accompanied his grandfather and father to farm auctions, explored the neighborhood with his Hilton pals, and prepared his calves for the 4-H County Fair. Carl helped his father on the farm, mowed the nearby My. Pleasant Cemetery for spending money, and grew up in a wholesome environment of family, church, community and school activities.

Carl graduated from Moravia High School in 1959 and attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College at Kirksville, Missouri. After one year, he transferred to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa. During summers, he was employed at Willier Pharmacy in Centerville. After graduating as a pharmacist in 1964, Carl enrolled in graduate school in Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry at the University of Kansas.

While in Kansas, Carl married Linda Ward, a classmate from Moravia. They returned to Centerville where Carl was a pharmacist at Willier Pharmacy. The couple's first son, Ward (Sam) was born in Centerville. The family later moved to Leon, Iowa, Carl was employed at Young's Pharmacy, and son Jon (Matt) was born. Often family activities involved summer and weekend outings to the Ward family farm on Soap Creek in Appanoose County, or winter ski trips with friends. In 1973, Carl became a full-time student at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines. The family moved to Saginaw, Michigan, for his internship at Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital. In 1976, Dr. Rouse joined Dr. Loren C. Hermann and began practicing medicine in Chariton, Iowa.

Dr. Rouse became a partner at Decatur Medical Services in Leon in 1979, where he worked until returning to Centerville, first as an Emergency Room physician at Mercy Medical Center and later at Chariton Valley Medical Center. He practiced full time as a physician with Dr. Kathy Lange until diagnosed in July of 2012 with an intractable illness.

Dr. Rouse died on March 16, 2015 at Select Specialty Hospital in Des Moines at the age of 73. He is survived by his sisters, Martha Shepard of Albert Lea, Minnesota and Jean (Dennis) Spencer of Iowa City; his wife Linda; sons Ward of West Des Moines and Dr. Jon (Kim) of Ames, Iowa; four cherished grandchildren - Elias Edward Rouse, Ella Carolina Rouse, Ethan Kelley Rouse, and Cassandra Grace Rouse; extended family; beloved patients, and many, many valued coworkers and treasured friends.

The funeral service will be held at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at a later date. Following the service, everyone is invited to share lunch with family and friends at the Church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Dr. Rouse may be given to the Mercy Foundation at Mercy Medical Center, Centerville. The family thanks each of you for your loving support throughout this difficult time. Lange Funeral Home and Crematory of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Rouse Family. Online condolences may be shared at www.langefh.com.