Soldotna resident Darby Joe Rouswell died accidentally Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at his workplace in Soldotna.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Donald Smythe will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kenai City Cemetery.
Mr. Rouswell was born on Oct. 19, 1972, in Oxnard, Calif. He graduated from high school in Coalinga, Calif. He resided in Alaska from 1974 to 1981, and from 1992 until his death. Mr. Rouswell lived in Soldotna with his family. He worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and was a member of the Church of God in Soldotna.
He was active in karate and loved to use his computer and surf the Internet.
"Darby had a heart of gold and loved God, family and friends. He would always take up for the down-and-out person. He loved spending time playing games and working on the computer with his nieces and nephews. There wasn't a person Darby wouldn't help out in the time of need. All you needed to do was call. We love you, Darby, and we will miss you very much," the family said.
He is survived by his parents, Joseph L. and Geraldine R. Rouswell of Soldotna; his sisters and brothers-in-law Twila M. and Jim Fraser of Soldotna and Ruby A. and Joe Foglia of Kenai; his grandmothers Ruby S. Williams of Oxnard, and Mae Dell Rouswell of Abilene, Texas; five nieces and six nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Soldotna Church of God, P.O. Box 514, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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