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BEN W. ROUSH, SR., 76, died Sunday, August 24, 2003, at Methodist Hospital, with his family beside him following a brief illness.

He was born on June 28, 1927, in Akron, OH, the son of Ben R. and Mabel M. Roush. On May 20, 1950, he married Sarah L. Cover.

He enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school where he served in the Pacific. He graduated from Hiram College, where he met Sarah, his beloved wife of 53 years. Their early life together began in Ft. Wayne, IN, where he sold life insurance for Lincoln National Life. Indianapolis became home in 1959, when Ben was appointed General Agent for Central Indiana.

A man of deep religious faith, he was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where he was known for his joyous singing. A real lover of people, nature and life, he enjoyed his friends in Kiwanis and Gyro organizations. One of his greatest pleasures in life was sharing jokes and comraderie with his friends on the golf course. After retirement in 1974, Ben and Sarah lived in Bonita Springs, FL, for 6 months each year, where he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors: 3 daughters and sons-in-law Dianne K. (Thomas) Trauring of Kokomo, Susan Joan (Gregory) Fletcher of Calgary, Alberta, and Nancy E. (Jim) Carpenter of Zionsville; son Ben W. (Renee) Roush, Jr. of Ft. Wayne; and 10 grandchildren Ryan, Kelly, Laura and J.B. Trauring, Stephen and Sarah Fletcher, Rebecca and Casey Carpenter, Kim, Brittany and Kyler Roush.

Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, August 28, at Second Presbyterian Church with calling from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center -- Broad Ripple.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Park United Methodist Church (his boyhood church), 2308 24th Street SW, Akron, OH 44314.