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Eldon M. Roush
(September 3, 1932 - February 3, 2013)

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Eldon M. Roush

Eldon M. Roush, age 80, of Hastings, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Hastings, September 3, 1932, the son of Elmer and Dorotha (Rowley) Roush. He attended school in Hastings, finishing in 1950.

His first job was working for Bill Sackett Auto Repair. Other employment included E.W. Bliss Co. in Hastings, Union Pump Co. and Allen Pattern in Battle Creek until his retirement. 

On June 18, 1952, he married Roberta (Bobbi) Sisson. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past June.

Through his woodworking and stained glass skills, he was a true artist who loved working with his hands. He and Bobbi enjoyed traveling, gardening and attending their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s band and sporting events. He also enjoyed hunting, doing word search puzzles and spending time at the computer.

Eldon was a long time member of Hastings First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed being Head Usher and serving on various committees. He and Bobbi were also youth counselors for many years and participated on several work camps.

Over the years, Eldon and Bobbi were host parents to five foreign exchange students as well as  to Osman Koroma, a church sponsored Liberian refugee,  who lived with them for two years while attending Hastings High School.

Eldon was a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who loved his family intensely and was always there for them. He was faithful to God, his church and during his brief illness, wanted people to know that he was ready to meet his Lord and was not afraid. His desire was for his family and friends to know God and to also be ready. He will always be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor, unending patience and his quiet strength.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Ruth Roush, brothers-in-law, Wilburn (Webb) Cody and Carter (Dell) Sisson and much loved son-in-law, Doug Smith.

Eldon is survived by his wife, Bobbi, children,  David (Bonnie) Roush, Denise (Jim) Vreugde, Dana (Kim) Roush, Dawne (the late Doug) Smith, Darcy (Tim) Hammond, Darla (Mark) Timmerman of Hastings, Darin (Mary) Roush of Mason, 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren with the 13th due in April, sister, Lucille Cody of Battle Creek, 3 nieces and 3 nephews.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
Tuesday, February 12, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Girrbach Funeral Home
Hastings, Michigan

Memorial Service:
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am
First United Methodist Church
209 W. Green St.
Hastings, MI.
Pastor Don Spachman 

Memorial contributions:
(1) Hastings First United Methodist Church Restoration Fund,

(2) Compassion International (
(3) World Vision (


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