Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Eileen Rouse

Eileen Rouse, age 99, of 2130 Harrison, Quincy, died Wednesday on July 11, 2018, at 5:06 am in Blessing Hospital.

Eileen Rouse | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisEileen was born on March 28, 1919 in Palmyra, Missouri, the daughter of Andrew J. and Lola Godman Kaiser. She married Daniel H. Rouse, Jr. on February 26, 1944 in Bloomington, Illinois.

Eileen graduated from Palmyra High School and Hannibal-LaGrange College, where she participated in sports and received a varsity letter. She was employed at Gardner-Denver in Quincy after college and that was how she met Danny. After their marriage, Eileen stayed at home to raise her family before eventually joining Danny in the office at the D.H. Rouse company.

Eileen was a long time member of the Spring Lake Country Club and she truly loved to golf. In fact, she loved playing golf so much that she couldn’t imagine anyone not playing every chance they had. On the golf course she was distinguishable by her huge back swing. Eileen possessed a competitive spirit which served her in playing other games as well. She was a member, for over 50 years, in a bridge group which originated while she was working at Gardner Denver. She also played in a gin club and later in life she enjoyed playing dominoes with old friends and new friends at Good Samaritan. Eileen celebrated her 60th year in PEO Chapter F.H. in 2012.

Eileen was a perfectionist in everything she did, from sewing clothes and reupholstering furniture to working along side her husband, Danny, when building their homes. She was known to run her hand over finished wood surfaces to make certain they were smooth to the touch. She was raised on a farm and was accustomed to and valued hard work; to which she attributed her physical well being as she aged. She also had a lifelong love for flowers and found great beauty in nature.

In their retirement years, Danny and Eileen enjoyed RV camping. They were members of a local camping club and also spent many winters in both Texas and Arizona where they were able to enjoy time with their daughter, Jill, and her family.

Eileen was always a friend. She loved and was deeply loved by her husband, and all of her family and friends. Eileen will be sorely missed but certainly not forgotten.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail (Dr. Richard) Vance of Quincy and Jill (Dean) Hunter of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren, Cara (Michael) Strashnov of Union City, NJ and Cory and Wyatt Law, both of Phoenix, AZ; two great-grandchildren, Mischa and Max Strashnov; a brother, Bill (Dorothy) Kaiser of Palmyra, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Andy Kaiser, and two sisters, Virginia Penley and Catherine Kaiser.

Services: 11:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Home Wee Kirk Chapel, with Chaplain James Riley officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Friday July 13, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Good Samaritan Home Wee Kirk Chapel.

Memorials: Community Foundation


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Gail and Jill, this is Mike Dafferner, writing on behalf of Martha McCallister.
    “Your mom was a beautiful friend. We knew each other for many years. We met at a Girl Scout meeting and agreed to lead a group together. We RV’d and camped together often. I have so many fond memories!”

  2. Boy I remember the good ole days at spring lake. We all practively lived out there in the summer. I haven’t seen your mom in quite awhile, but that beautiful smile still remains. What a great life she had..Judy Norris argabright

  3. Jill, Gayle, and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom truly lived life to the fullest which should be an inspiration to all. She leaves you with many wonderful memories which will live on in your hearts forever.
    Love, Lynn and Lawrence

  4. Jill, Gayle and Bill Kaiser,
    We’ve known Eileen for so long that She seems like family to us. Don worked for Danny and Bob when coming to Quincy in the early 50’s and have known and respected the family ever since. Due to some health issues with Don we will not be able to attend, but we will be thinking of you and wishing you continued good memories of Eileen.

  5. Dear Gayle, So sorry for your loss, but how very fortunate you and your family, to have had her for 99 years. I loved Eileen’s wonderful smile and her energy!!! My heartfelt thoughts and love –

  6. Jill and Gail,, the rest of your families, your mom was a great and special person. She was always happy, kind and had a beautiful smile on her face. She was a great girl scout leader,and an all around unique person.I was fortunate to know her and she will always be in my memories. My best thoughts and memories to you Jill,Gail,Cara,Cory,Wyatt and everyone else. Much Love Cathi Webb

  7. Jill and Gayle, We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful and spirited Mother and know that are thoughts are with you both Love sent from the Hunter family

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