David Rousu Jr age 52 of Callaway, passed away at his home on Friday, March 6, 2020. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 12, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Callaway from 5-7pm with a 7pm prayer service. Funeral will be on Friday, March 13, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at 11am.
David Theodore Rousu Jr was the first child born to David Theodore Sr and Delores (Foster) Rousu on September 21, 1967, in Detroit Lakes, MN. “Junior” as everyone knew him was raised in the Callaway area and remained living until his passing. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School with the class of 1985. After graduation he continued his education at Vermillon Community College in Ely, MN for Fisheries and Wildlife Management. He worked for the White Earth Indian reservation as a pesticide coordinator for many years. Junior also worked for the M&W in Ogema and White Earth, Dish and Verizon, and he owned Jr’s Karoke and continued leeching until his passing.
Junior loved to socialize and help others in need. He and his friend Tony Reller would organize a dance for kids in Callaway every year called “Cabin Fever” and gave away bikes and other numerous gifts to the kids. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Ogema Fire Department for over 25 years, on the Ogema Community Club, organizing the Ogema days for numerous years, Cormorant Sportsman’s club, Farmers Union and 4-H. Junior never had children of his own, but he loved children and spending time with his nieces, nephews and all his friends’ children. He loved to fish, hunt, golf, and make syrup every spring.
Deeply loved, Junior’s passing is mourned by his parents David Sr and Delores; siblings Margaret, Reino, Roland, Robert, and JoDan; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and numerous friends.
He is preceded in death by his infant siblings Fannie Rose and Anthony Emil; grandparents Ale and Emma Rousu; grandmother Margaret Foster; grandfathers Henry Johnson, Lyman Warren, and Wayne Jahnke; uncles Joe Foster, George Rousu, Timothy Rousu, and Dan Rousu; aunts Donna Wayman, Blanche Niemi, Rose Marie Fairbanks, Diane Johnson and Rosette Sauck.