Edward D. Rousseau

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Edward D. Rousseau, 80, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at home. Ed was born April 3, 1933, to Romie and Grace (Carlin) Rousseau at the old Cheyenne Agency, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. He was raised in South Dakota and attended schools in Eagle Butte, Nisland, Rapid City and Stephen Catholic Indian Mission. Ed served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from the Colorado Police Academy and served many years in police and security work in Colorado and California. After being injured on duty he spent several years as a counselor for the BIA Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle school south of Bloomfield, NM, and for the City of Farmington.   Ed never met a person that he didn’t gain as a friend, with his quick wit and jolly attitude. Ed loved to fish and hunt and spent many times camping on South Dakota rivers and lakes as well as in Colorado and New Mexico. In his later years he enjoyed sitting by the San Juan River close to his home at Gobernador, NM, and was always ready to go with family and friends to his favorite spots. Many friends would wave to him (“Uncle Ed,” as everyone called him) as they went by. Ed also enjoyed deer hunting and when in his prime, he went with his boys, brothers and friends. All were welcome to set up base camp at his place in Gobernador to get out of the bad weather, enjoy a warm supper and perhaps a game of poker. Ed was well known for his skills in woodwork and carpentry and often assisted people with remodeling projects. He never turned away a person in need. He was quite a character and a much loved person. Ed is survived by his son, Jerry (Janet) Rousseau; daughter, Jacquetta Rousseau Wilson; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Dolores Schumacher, Rapid City, S.D.; brothers, Pierre (Lu) Rousseau, San Jose, C.A., Neil (Jean) Rousseau, Henderson, N.V., and Terry (Dr. Marie) Rousseau, Waterflow, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents, Romie and Grace Rousseau; son, Edward Jr.; granddaughter, Shasta; brother, Dale; and sisters, Roma Birge, Rita Griffin and Sharon Lanier. A family service with internment at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D., will be held during the next Rousseau-Carlin Family Reunion in S.D. A Celebration of Life for “Uncle Ed” will be held at a later date in Gobernador

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