Longtime resident Ray Rouse, age 87, passed away on November 19th, 2018 at the Burlington Assisted Living Home in Wofford Heights, California.
Ray was born February 13, 1931 in the small town of Ribolt, Kentucky. He spent his early years growing up there in the hills of north central Kentucky and working on his father's sharecropper farm.
At eighteen Ray joined the U.S. Navy and when his hitch was up, he married his dream girl Barbara Lee Clark of Irvin, Kentucky.
The Rouses went on to have four children and moved to the rural area of Panama, California near Bakersfield in the mid 1950’s. Ray worked in the dairy farm industry until the early 1970’s when the family settled in Taft, California. Ray started his own air conditioning and appliance business on Center Street called Westside Service Center.
Ray was also the manager of Taft's local country music group the Rouse Brothers Band. He retired to Lake Isabella, California in 2007.
Ray is preceded in death by; his parents Samuel Washington Rouse and Addie Francis Rouse, Ray’s wife of 65 years Barbara Lee Rouse, two daughters Denise LaVerne Vaughn and Debra Sue Dozier, a son Steven Robert Rouse. He is also proceeded in death by a brother and eight sisters.
Ray is survived by his son Samuel Ray Rouse, Jr. of Lake Isabella, California.
Ray leaves eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Ray was a member of the Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Lake Isabella at the time of his passing.
Ray Rouse cut a large swath through life and many were proud to call this Kentucky boy their friend.
A graveside service will be held for Grandpa Ray at 11:00 am on Friday November 30, 2018 at the Kern River Valley Cemetery located at 8441 Burlando Rd, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. All are welcomed to attend.
The Lake Isabella Valley Mortuary - 5108 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella, CA 93240 oversees arraignments.