May 30, 1943-Dec. 22, 2017
With great sadness, the family of James Michael Rouse, "Jimmy" announces his passing on Dec. 22, 2017.
Jimmy was born in Anaconda, Mt. on May 30, 1943 to James F. Rouse and Mary Solon Rouse, both deceased. Jimmy was also preceded in death by brothers Roger, Doug, Ralph and sister Patricia, also son Kenneth, infant daughter Marci Jo and mother-in-law Martha Redman.
He is survived by his sister Emily and brother Donald, both of California. From his first marriage with Hazel Jensen, he leaves behind daughters Kelly, Lorena (George), and son Michael (Dawn Marie) all of Kansas. Eventually, Jimmy divorced, marrying his current wife of 32 years, Ruthanne Girard Rouse, a union that brought step-children Mandy (Brian), Christy, and Bobby (Kasey) into his life. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jimmy's life can perhaps best be described as replicating a pendulum that swung from one side to the other. His early, middle, and later years were colored with the scenes of bars and boxing (often cheering on his World Champion boxer brother, Roger). Jimmy would be the first to tell you that God must have kept him alive during his drinking and fighting days. He traveled a lot and participated in a variety of occupations. He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, and played a mean hand of pinochle. By many, he was known for his profound sense of humor.
Life changed dramatically, like the pendulum swinging to the opposite side, after he attended the WATCh West Addiction Counseling Program. It was while at WATCh that Jimmy, like a fighter beaten in the ring, threw in the towel and found the loving and powerful hand of God. He discovered forgiveness and changed from a man whose children and grandchildren did not want to be around him, to the father and grandfather they loved. From a self-centered existence to a man devoted to helping others. In honor of his service and commitment to sobriety, the WATCh West program has initiated a "Jimmy Rouse Honor Chair." He continued until his passing to relay his story of change, the absolute need of a Higher Power and how living a life of sobriety is truly living, "the good life."
The family would like to extend a special 'thank you' to the staff of the Anaconda Pintler Hospice, the WATCh and Castle programs and his many anonymous friends from AA.
A celebration of Jimmy's life will be held on Dec.29th at 11 AM at the Gateway Christian Fellowship, comer of 4th and Cherry St. in Anaconda.
A luncheon to follow at the Opportunity Community Club.
Memorial donations may be made to the Anaconda Pintler Hospice or donor's choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Jimmy’s Family.