HANGING ART – Raven Shaw hangs up art at her booth for the Sitka Artisans Market this afternoon at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Her business, Raven's Random, sells original art stickers and prints. The market opens tonight and runs through Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

John M. Rouse Sr. Dies Of Cancer at Age 63

John M. Rouse Sr.

John Michael Rouse Sr. of Sitka passed peacefully in his sleep at 4 a.m. Nov. 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City, after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He was 63 years old.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Rouse.
John was a beloved father to his daughter Heather Peters and son-in-law Brian Peters of Roy, Washington;  son John Michael Rouse Jr. and daughter-in-law Melissa Rouse of Navarre, Florida; and daughter Melissa Navarro and son-in-law Israel Navarro of Clearfield, Utah.
He was also blessed with six grandchildren Megan Wilson, 17, Lauren Wilson, 15, Abigail Wilson, 14, Lillian Navarro, 7, Hunter Navarro, 4, and Ava Rouse, 1.
In addition, he had four step-children, Dale Lindstrom, Carl Lindstrom IV and Kori Lindstrom all of Sitka, and Jennifer Metlicka of Wasilla.
John is also survived by his sister Beverly Carr of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and niece Jennifer Lockhart of Clayton, North Carolina.
John was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on August 23, 1956, the son of Amos and Betty Rouse. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974 and was a proud member of the Big Red Marching Band.
John served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1993 and retired as a Sergeant First Class, working in logistics.  He served in many locations, including Fort Richardson, which was his favorite duty station. Also, he met two of his best friends while serving in the Army, Bruce Borup and Dave Crago.
John was a great outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, cruise around the islands of Sitka in his boat and camp with friends and family.
Among his community contributions was leading the Christmas boat parade on the channel. This year would have been his third.
He had a great sense of humor and was loved by so many. John had never met a stranger and had always been the guy who would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.
A celebration of his life is planned later.

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