HAYNESVILLE - Thomas E. Rouse, Sr., 81, died April 12, 2016 in Houlton. He was born November 22, 1934 in Danforth, the son of Lowen and Helen (Fahey) Rouse.
He loved to hunt, fish, picking fiddlehead, tell stories and do pranks, eat candy, spend time with his grandchildren, cut firewood, mow the lawns, riding around Haynesville taking in the sights with his loving wife.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Cathy and Hudson Cole of Linneus, Lynn and Ronald Tuck of Haynesville, Helena and Percy Cochran of Houlton; 3 sons, Thomas "Butch" Jr. and Sharon Rouse of Amity, Paul and Lisa Rouse, Steven and Tory Rouse, all of Haynesville; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Irene and Larry Malone of Bangor, Therasa and Doug Frye of Danforth, Wanda Young of Brookton and Nancy of New York; brother-in-law, Laurel and Marge Young of CT; special friends the Dutton Family; the entire Irish clan who took him in and treated him as their own. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Althea in 2015; a daughter, Janet; a brother Lowen "Gus" Rouse Jr.; sister, Barbara White; step-father Watson B. Irish; brother-in-laws, Brian and Arnold and sister-in-law, Tink.
A graveside funeral service will be held 1 p.m. May 7th in the Haynesville Cemetery with Pastor Joan Sullivan officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madigan Estates Activity Fund, 93 Military Street, Houlton ME 04730, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick MA 01760 or Alzheimer's Association, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074.
The family would like to thank Madigan Estates, especially his girls and Dr. Sussman for all their help. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit