John Paul Roussell, aka "Pops," JP." Rosey, 74, of Springfield died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his residence. A Gathering of Friends and Family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, April 20 in the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

John Paul Roussell was born Friday, October 22, 1943 in Pine Ridge, MO to George and Ethel (Baker) Roussell. He attended school in Forsyth and graduated in the class of 1961. After graduation, he attended and graduated from Graft Vocational Technical College in Springfield, MO. He worked for the General Motors Co. in St Louis for a few years until he was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and served during the Vietnam era. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany and was honorably discharged in 1967. In 1964 he met Linda Kissee. They were married April 21, 1967 in St. Charles, MO. Following his military service, he went back to work for GM for a short time and then he and Linda moved to Branson and worked for Walter Cobb as a Funeral Director's Assistant. In 1969, Paul and Linda moved to Springfield, MO where he became a machinist for the Frisco-Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. He worked for the railroad for thirty-five years retiring in 2003.

Paul was the nicest guy you'd ever meet. He was easy going and had no problem expressing his good will towards others. He enjoyed photography, genealogy, reloading ammunition, woodworking, hunting and spending time at the family farm. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Linda Roussell of Springfield; two daughters, Laura Fesler and Stephanie Sperry; two sisters, Phyllies "Jeannie" Rickman and Jackie Locke; four grandchildren, Hunter and Gracie Fesler and Tessa and Chloe Sperry; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, R.J. Roussell; father and mother in-law, Rex and Mary Nell Kissee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Paul Roussell may be made to the White River Valley Historical Society, PO Box 841 Forsyth, MO 65653 or the Kissee Mills Cemetery Assoc. C/O John Scott, 190 Timberline Dr. Forsyth, MO 65653.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth, MO.

John Paul Roussell
October 22, 1943 - April 17, 2018
15945 U.S. Hwy 160 ~ Forsyth, MO. 65653 ~ (417) 546-6250
Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home