Robert Lyle "Bob" Rouse

Robert Bob Lyle Rouse LUBBOCK-Dr. Robert Bob Lyle Rouse, a.k.a. Papa, the great orator, favored professor, intuitive research analyst, honorable war veteran, and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to sleep on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, doing one of the activities he loved most: watching a Texas Tech basketball game, his university that he faithfully supported and followed for decades. He had just returned home after taking his wife of 67 years, Elta, to church and lunch, ending his eventful Sunday watching Texas Tech Sports in his favorite study. He was 90 years old. Indeed, a peaceful exit to a beautiful life full of service, generosity, and love that emanated throughout the entire West Texas Region and beyond. He was born May 24, 1922 in Vinton, Iowa. Bob married little sprightly Elta on Aug. 30, 1945. As a professor, Bob taught economics, business administration, and finance, beginning at the University of Iowa for two years (1948-1950), then, returning to Texas, where he taught at Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University on related topics from 1950-1999 and served on numerous academic committees. Moreover, Bob also served as an elder and Sunday Bible school teacher at Broadway Church of Christ for decades. He has gone before his soul-mate of 67 years, Elta (Carroll) Rouse; his two children, Judy (Rouse) Looper (married to Larry Looper), and Randy (Lyle) Rouse (married to Judy (Harrisberger) Rouse; his four grandchildren, Rob Looper (following in Bob's footsteps as a professor), Amy Looper Goodyear (married to Marcus Goodyear), (Richard) Layne Rouse (married to Xueling Apple Cai Rouse), and Jenness Rouse; three great-grandchildren, C.J. Goodyear and Lyle Goodyear (Marcus and Amy's children), and baby Salayna Rouse (Layne and Apple's daughter); as well as his sister-in-law, Opal (Carroll/Paden) Willoughby (married to Charles Willoughby), and her sons, (Bob's nephews) Spencer, Russel and Brad Paden, and their spouses and children; five nieces, Karen Anderson, Donna Scudder, Peggy Quinn, Enid Moore and Kerry Edwards; one nephew, Jimmy Rouse; along with many friends and comrades throughout Texas, including those at the Carillon Windsong Retirement Center, where he had recently made a name for himself as a great orator, teacher, storyteller and friend. We love you Papa! We miss you and know that you are playing Nola on your new Grand in Glory, awaiting your family to join you. See you soon. (Written in love and admiration by granddaughter Jenness Rouse). Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Resthaven Funeral Home from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Memorial service will be Friday, March 1, 2013, at Broadway Church of Christ at 2 p.m. under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Home of Lubbock, The Boys Ranch or to a .

Funeral Home

Resthaven Funeral Home & Cemetery
5740 West 19th Street Lubbock, TX 79407
(806) 791-6200

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 27, 2013