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Donald Rousey

We got word that Don Rousey from Oklahoma passed away this week.  Don and his family have joined us many years for the Rousey Big Reunion.  He will be greatly missed.




Donald “Don” Rousey

June 15, 1940 ~ September 27, 2020 (age 80)

Obituary & Services

Tribute Wall


Donald “Don” Henry Rousey, age 80 of Tecumseh, OK passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020 in Tecumseh.

He was born June 15, 1940 in Wynnewood, OK to William Jasper and Edna (Boyd) Rousey.

Don was raised in Purcell, OK, and graduated from Purcell High School with the class of 1964.

He earned an Associates Degree from Seminole State College.

Don married Judy Dawson in Purcell on January 23, 1960.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961. He was stationed in Hawaii, on the USS Hooper Island, and on the USS Klondike.

Don was a man with many talents. During his career he worked at S.W. States Telephone, with GTE from 1966 to 1993 as a switch technician, at Tinker AFB, owned and operated a car wash in Tecumseh, and did maintenance for the Highland Church of Christ.

He was always willing to volunteer in the Tecumseh community. He was a volunteer fireman with the Tecumseh Fire Department from 1968 to 1988, served as a Commissioner on the Tecumseh Housing Authority Board, and served on the Tecumseh Planning Commission Board.

Don had been a 32nd Degree Mason with the McAlester Consistory, held several offices with the Tecumseh Jaycees, and was a member of the Highland Church of Christ, where he served as a Deacon for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Jennifer Jane; sister, Edna Mae Wilson; and brother, Tom Rousey.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judy, of the home; son, Brian Rousey of Oklahoma City; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and Brian Branson of Maud, OK; granddaughter, Jenny Lynn Branson; sisters, Virginia Smith of Salem, OR, Pat (and Kenny) Crosslin of Purcell, and Sandra (and Darrell) Sanders of Lexington, OK;  brothers, Bill (and Jan) Rousey of Purcell and Terry Rousey (and Debra Green) of Canadian, OK; many other family: and numerous friends.

The family would like to extend their thanks to Don’s caregivers, Lisa Hurley and Ericka McCombs, and the staff at Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion for Don and his family.

Closed casket visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and continue until service time. Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh with Erick Henson and Brett McKnight officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. The family asks that face coverings be worn by all who are able. The service will be shown on Highland Church of Christ’s YouTube Channel.




Big Rousey Reunion posponed until July 16-18 2021

We have decided to postpone the Big Reunion until 2021.  This is our reasoning:

  • Reunions are times for crowds and hugs-just the kinds of behaviors that lead to viral transmission.
  • Many of us are of an age that is more prone to serious or life threatening illness from the COVID-19 virus
  • Even if the rate of infection is less and business is back to normal, it is unlikely that a vaccine or “cure” will be available at that time.
  • We think that fewer people would come to enjoy the reunion this year because of the COVID-19 virus


Therefore the next Rousey Big Reunion in Kentucky will be July 16th-18th 2021.  Please pass this information on to those who may not have internet access.


Plan now to join us for Rousey Family fun, activities and food in 2021


The Kentucky Rouseys

Spring 2019 Work Day

The Rousey Cabin area is ready for summer activities thanks to all who were able to come and work April 6th.  It was a perfect day.  The work was hard but we also enjoyed our time together.  We missed those who could not be there.  We especially missed those whose time with us here on earth has passed.  We are recipients of their blessings.

Mildred Rousey and June Rousey inside the Rousey Cabin

Nina Rousey Fox Hatter

Nina Rousey Fox Hatter, 88, of Danville passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018. Born February 28, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Loyd Carl and Tina Jeanette Rich Rousey.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Fox and her husband, Steve Bernard of Lancaster; son, Bill (Brenda) Fox of Hubble; brothers, Buddy (Joan) Rousey of Florida and Ronnie (Barbara) Rousey of Lexington; three grandchildren: Jill (Kyle) Mason, Sarah Bernard and Shaun Bernard; two great grandchildren, Riley and Reece Mason; two sisters-in-law, June Rousey and Mildred Rousey and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters: Margaret Berry, Robert Rousey, Phillip Rousey, Anita McMullin, Shirley Adams, Allen Rousey, Sherwood Rousey and Palmer Rousey.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Tuesday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home. Funeral Service is 11 am, Wednesday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home with Jimmy Rousey officiating.   Burial will be in Hustonville Cemetery. Pallbearers are Barry Rousey, Brad Adams, David Anderson, Kenny Rousey, Keith Rousey, Tim Sharp and Brian Adams.

Jimmy Rousey receives National Award

James Patrick Rousey is the son of the late Phillip and Geraldine Bandy Rousey and the grandson of the late Loyd and Tina Rich Rousey.

Logan Loyd Rousey born 5/5/17

Logan Loyd Rousey was born May 5th, 2017. His parents are Jim and Evelyn Rousey.  His grandfather is Richard (Rick) Dale Rousey, and great grandfather is Sherwood Loyd Rousey. He was born today @ 6:44pm, 7lbs 10oz. and 20in long.

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Country Store Items Request

This year we will have a “Country Store” which will have donated items as well as reunion specialty items displayed and available for purchase.  Proceeds from the store will be used for reunion operation expenses.  We welcome the donation of family memorabilia, craft items, photos, artwork and any other items from family members.  Folks who have items to donate should send a photo of the item if possible either to our facebook page or email to or by June 1st so that we can plan for the layout and pricing of the Store’s items.  (We’ll accept items that weekend too if someone brings something, but we’d prefer to know ahead of time if we can!)

Patrick Allen Rousey

The Rousey family has lost its strongest advocate in Patrick Allen Rousey.  He passed away on September 2nd 2015.  He was the son of Loyd and Tina Rousey. His life long partner and wife, Mildred survives.  He is also survived by children Tony Rousey, Sherry Rousey Anderson, Kenny Rousey and Judy Rousey Lane.  His work on the geneology of this family resulted in a treasured family history book and an intricate family tree drawing that includes thousands of names.  He inspired the tradition of having the Big Rousey Reunion at the Butchertown, Kentucky cabin/farm every four years since 1984.  His handiwork decorates the cabin area.  We have all been blessed to have been touched by his life.  His work will be a treasure for future generations of Rouseys.

Rousey Family Cemetery

Rousey Family buried in the Rousey Family Cemetery
Rousey Old Homeplace

1. Thomas (Tom) Rousey 1848-1861 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
2. Jordan Rousey 1798-1863 Son of Leonard & Elizabeth Rousey
3. Smith Rousey 1841-1868 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
4. Arch Rousey 1852-Feb 28, 1880 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
5. Camden (Cam) Rousey July 28, 1845- Feb 12, 1881 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
6. John Rousey 1825-1890 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
7. Micajah (Cage) Rousey 1836- Dec 22, 1894 Son of Jordan Rousey Sr
8. Delilah Rousey Lamb Shearin 1839- ???? Daughter of Jordan Rousey Sr
9. Henry Rousey Son of Camden (Cam) Rousey
10. Rousey Baby not named. Son of Camden (Cam) Rousey
11. Nancy Curry Rousey 1803- ???? 2nd wife of Jordan Rousey Sr
12. John Lamb Jr 1856-July 10, 1882 Son of Delilah
13. Jasper Shearin 1862-Feb 10, 1884 Son of Delilah Rousey Lamb Shearin
14. Loyd Sherwood Rousey May 29, 1941- May 8, 2014 Son of Loyd Carl Rousey
15. David McMullin -1953-May 21, 2015 Son of Anita Rousey McMullin

16.  Patrick Allen Rousey-1935-September 2, 2015 Son of Loyd and Tina Rich Rousey