Church of God (Holiness) Home Missions
Rowena Joyce Clouse, age 75, of Hobe Sound, Florida passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on July 26th, 2022. She was born August 27th, 1946, in Kirksville, MO 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 January 1st, 1966. Bob was drafted into the Army later that year. The
married couple soon moved to Fort Riley, Kansas. 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 Kansas. He then pastored at Reform for 4 years, where their son, Michael Joe, was born. They headed to Blackjack where they pastored for 12 years. They moved on to Hallsville Missouri then Wichita, Kansas, residing in both for 1 year each. Their next stop on their ministry journey was Fulton Missouri for 6 years. Their final
pastoral destination was in Mexico, Missouri for a total of 8 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
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 her father and mother-in-law George and Laurel Clouse.
She is survived by her husband Bobby Clouse, her daughter Pamela West and husband Dave, her son
Michael Clouse and wife Michele, her granddaughter Ashely Gall and husband Matthew, her
granddaughter Jennifer Kiepke and husband Tyler, her grandson Ryan West and wife Emma, her
granddaughter Tressa Hickman and husband Tyler, her grandsons Jordan and Jayden Clouse, six great-grandchildren Calvin, Levi, Sage, Bailey, Walker, and Madison, her brother Alvin West and wife Virginia,
her sister Wanda Beckman and husband Richard, her brother Dennis West and wife Kathy, her 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