John J. Rouman

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“John & Izzy were always wonderful neighbors. John always had a positive attitude and great work ethic. We enjoyed meeting John on the property line...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Dave & Patty Ogilvie - WI

“I can well appreciate what a great loss the death of John must be for the entire Rouman family. When my cousin John and I were growing up in...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: John C. Rouman

“Dear Ezzy and Family, Just heard about John's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences. May he rest is peace. May the love of God and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Zeitelhack and members of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, T - WI

“I have to say that John was one of the best men that I ever associated with in the Design and Construction industry. He was an honest and decent and...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Denny Lamers - Appleton, WI

“Mrs. Rouman, Jane, Sarah and the rest of family, My heart just aches as I just heard of John's passing. What a special man he was. May his...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Weber Serowoky - Waterford, MI

“Dear Grandpa, stories are like old friends, they are good to come and visit sometimes. I will miss all the wonderful tales I have heard I will miss...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Felton - Grandson

“Dear Ezzy, Our deepest sympathies for you and your family. John was our favorite to visit with as he always had a smile and great words of wisdom....Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Steve and Elaine Romanelli - IL

“Ezzy I'm very sorry to learn of John's death. He has always been one of the most beautiful people I have known. I am in Florida and won't be...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Larrie Brazner

“John was always a "gentle" man. I appreciated his dedicated service as a board member at the Thompson Center when I worked there! His smile and...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Ron Ernst - Appleton, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with Ezzy and the rest of the family. My daughter took their dog for walks when Ezzy was laid up with her leg, and...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Wilda - Hortonville, WI

“My condolences go out to John's family and friends. John was my mentor and he gave me my first engineering job way back in 1985. He essentially...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mike Loescher - Former colleague

“So sorry to hear of John's passing but I'm happy he was able to enjoy such a wonderful birthday party and be in such good health and spirits for the...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Rachel Peot Sommercorn - Appleton, WI


John James Rouman, age 90, passed into eternal life on February 16, 2013 at his home. John was born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin on January 18, 1923, the only child of Greek Immigrants James and Chrisula Rouman. He graduated from Tomahawk High School and attended Ripon College before enlisting in the United States Army. He proudly served in the 95th Infantry Division and prior to being shipped to the European theatre, attended the University of Pittsburgh. He saw action as a rifleman along with ROTC students attached to General Patton's army. When the hostilities had ceased, John attended the Warton Technical School in Blackpool, England. After being honorably discharged from the service, he returned to Ripon College and under a combined plan with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he received a Civil and Structural degree, as well as a degree in mathematics and physics from Ripon College.

The paper industry in Wisconsin was John's goal, and he became employed by Orbison and Orbison Consulting Engineers of Appleton. In 1951, John had an opportunity to return to graduate school at M.I.T. to get involved in structural pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete design. To fill his academic schedule, he chose highway and airport design.

After a short stay in Tucson, Arizona, John returned to Appleton and was employed by Combined Locks Paper Company, presently known as Appleton Coated. In 1954, he was promoted to Chief Engineer and along with a plant in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, he experienced twenty-four years in the paper industry.

In 1975, John founded J.J. Rouman and Associates Engineers and Architects and with industrial and structural background got involved with pre-cast and pre-stressed concrete projects. The first being Pacon, followed by Voith, Paper Valley Hotel, White clover Dairy, and Crystal Print.

John was a member of TAPPI, American Society of Civil Engineers, national Society of Professional Engineers, the Wisconsin and Fox Valley Professional Engineers. He served as chairman of the committee of Continuing Education and President of the Fox Valley chapter of Professional Engineers. In 1974, he was honored with the Engineer of the Year in Industry award. John served on the vestry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Appleton, and was a member of the Golden Kiwanis and The Thompson Center.

John married late in life, to his beloved wife Ernestine Esidor Pierre, better known as Ezzy. She brought to the household five children: Paula, Peter, Suzanne, Sarah, and Robert. In 1960, a daughter Jane was born. God gave the family eight grandchildren: Missy, Adam, Nicole, John, Robert, Paul, Tom, and Seth, and three extended-grandchildren: J.R., Samantha, and Katie; as well as three great-grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law: Hazel Esidor; his father-in-law: Ernest Esidor; a daughter: Paula Snyder; and a son: Robert Pierre, Jr.

John and Ezzy enjoyed vacationing in Siesta Keys, Sarasota, Florida, Canada, the Caribbean, the Greek Islands, and Alaska, as well as many trips to the family cottage in Tomahawk.

The funeral liturgy for John will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, the family's place of worship for many years. Fr. Patrick Twomey will officiate. Friends may call at the Wichmann Funeral Home in Appleton on Tuesday from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM, and again at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the hour of the service.

Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com, and in lieu of flowers direct memorials to: Theda Care at Home, Honor Flight Network, or All Saints Episcopal Church.

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