Rowena Joyce Clouse, 75, Hobe Sound, FL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on July 26, 2022. She was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Kirksville to Loren and Deloma West.
Kirksville was Rowena’s home until she went off to college. She attended first grade at a Kirksville elementary school before spending second grade at Bullion school, which was a one-room schoolhouse. Third grade through senior year, she attended Kirksville Bible School. Rowena attended KCCBS after leaving home.
KCCBS is where she met Bobby Clouse. He soon became her best friend and sweetheart, and they married the following year on Jan. 1, 1966. Bob was drafted into the Army later that year. The married couple soon moved to Fort Riley, KS, so that Bobby could complete basic training. Their first child, Pamela Joyce, was born during their time at Fort Riley. Immediately after training was complete, Bobby was sent to Germany. Rowena could not stand to be without the love of her life, and she and Pam joined Bob in Germany when Pam was only 10 weeks old. After their time in Germany, they came back to Kansas City to work and finish college. While Bobby was finishing his bachelor’s degree in theology, they began their path of ministry with the Church of God Holiness in Bronson, KS.
He then pastored at Reform for four years, where their son, Michael Joe, was born. They headed to Blackjack where they pastored for 12 years. They moved on to Hallsville then Wichita, KS, residing in both for one year each. Their next stop on their ministry journey was Fulton for six years. Their final pastoral destination was in Mexico, for a total of eight years. They then moved to Hobe Sound, FL for Rowena’s health and stayed there until her death.
As a young girl, Rowena gave her life to Christ. Her passion for music and service grew out of her love for Christ. She started singing and playing the piano at a young age with her family in church. Rowena’s love for music and her servant’s heart led to her journey of faithfully serving alongside her husband. Whether it was ministering through music, teaching children or any other role, Rowena was there to serve in whatever capacity was needed. Their ministry also included preaching and singing at revivals and camp meetings throughout the US and overseas.
In addition to her ministering alongside her husband, Rowena enjoyed many jobs outside the home. She worked at Scott’s Furniture store, cleaned homes and taught preschool for many years until March of 2020.
Right under her love and service for God, was her love and service inside the home. Rowena sacrificially served Bobby and her family. She was never idle. If she wasn’t cooking, cleaning, or doing other household chores, she was enjoying time with her family.
Rowena kept her sweet, positive spirit through scripture, songs of praise and encouragement of others, even through her suffering in the latter part of her life. Through Rowena’s testimony, she has been an amazing example to all of us on how to serve God and others.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Deloma West; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Goff and Dorothy Clouse, and father and mother-in-law, George and Laurel Clouse.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Clouse; daughter, Pamela West, and husband, Dave; son, Michael Clouse, and wife, Michele; granddaughter, Ashely Gall, and husband, Matthew; granddaughter, Jennifer Kiepke, and husband, Tyler; grandson, Ryan West, and wife, Emma; granddaughter, Tressa Hickman, and husband, Tyler; grandsons, Jordan and Jayden Clouse; six great-grandchildren Calvin, Levi, Sage, Bailey, Walker and Madison; brother, Alvin West, and wife, Virginia; sister, Wanda Beckman, and husband, Richard; brother, Dennis West, and wife, Kathy; sister, Linda Hayton, and husband, William; brother-in-law, Billy Clouse; brother-in-law, David Goff; brother-in-law, Ronny Clouse, and wife, Linda, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services for Rowena Clouse will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with interment at Mansfield Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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