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Lt. Colonel Daniel N. Rouse

July 11, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Graveside service for Lt. Colonel Daniel N. Rouse will be held Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Bill Schreiber, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, will officiate. Military rite will be performed by the Honor Guard and Chaplain from Fort Des Moines, along with V.F.W. Post #2295 in Emmetsburg.

A memorial service, following the graveside service, will be held at V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Nolan Rouse, was born on June 9, 1967 in Fort Dodge to David and Ruth (Nolan) Rouse. Dan grew up on a sixteen acre farm next to the Boone River, where he found a passion for showing and marketing 4-H and FFA lambs. He enjoyed helping with the family farm and had a love for the outdoors, nature and animals.

Dan received his education in Eagle Grove, graduating from high school in 1986. From a young age, Dan had a strong interest in military tactics, history, philosophy, and politics. He had always wanted to become a soldier. Following high school, he attended Iowa State University. He earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Finance in addition to a commission as an Army Infantry Officer in 1991. Dan shortly thereafter went on active duty. During his 22 years of service, he served in many countries around the world, including one tour in Kuwait and two tours in Iraq. He was awarded many medals, badges, ribbons, along with a Bronze Star. Dan wholeheartedly carried out his duty as an American soldier. He touched many lives around the world.

Dan was a dedicated Army Officer, he was also a loving son, brother, father, husband, and a friend to many. Dan was united in marriage to his college sweetheart, Anne Meyer of Calmar, in 1995. Together they had three daughters, Sophia, Fiona, and Isabella, who loved and admired their father for his sense of humor, his lovable personality, and his bravery in the line of duty.

Dan retired from the military in 2013, and later spent a year in Abu Dhabi working as a military consultant for the United Arab Emirates. He decided to spend the rest of his retirement near Denver, CO, and was working on his MBA at the University of Denver. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rouse passed away in his home in Greenwood Village, CO, on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the age of 51.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, David and Ruth Rouse of Emmetsburg; his daughters, Sophia, Fiona, and Isabella of Lakeville, MN; his sister, Anita Knotts of Hedgesville, WV; as well as his nieces, nephews, and countless loving friends, relatives and military buddies.

The Rouse family would like to thank everyone who was involved in facilitating proper services after Dan's passing.

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