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2017-08-09 / Spirit World

Neil Narcelle Rousseau

HENDERSON, Nev. –– Neil Narcelle Rousseau, 79, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, made his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Henderson, Nev., due to Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was raised in S.D. and attended school at Stephan Catholic Indian School and Rapids City High School. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1959. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Degree at UNM in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1981. Neil retired from the US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs as Chief, Branch of Engineering and Operations, Division of Transportation, Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, N.M. offices in 1994. He retired with 38 years government service including military service. He was employed by Paiki, a Native American Architectural/Engineering firm in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1996. He retired from there in 2006 as Executive Vice President and Regional Manager.

Neil was a boyhood friend of Tim Giago. Giago said, “Neil was one of the kindest boys you ever wanted to meet. There was a house on Meade Street in Rapid City that was like a duplex and the Rousseau’s lived on one side and the Giago family on the other. Neil and his brother Dale became close friends and we kicked around town and did all of the crazy things teenage boys do. He came to visit me at Indian Country Today in the 1980s and that was the last time I saw him. He was a great guy and I miss him already.”

Neil and his wife moved to Henderson, Nev. In 2009 for his health.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Romie and Grace (nee Carlin) Rousseau, brothers, Jerry Dale and Ed Rousseau; sisters, Roma Birge, Rita Griffin and Sharon Lanier.

He is survived by his sister, Dolores Schumacher, Rapid City; brothers, Pierre (Lu) Rousseau, San Jose, Calif., and Terry (Dr. Marie) Rousseau, Waterflow, N.M. His wife of 55 years, Michele Jean, daughter, Phyllis (jerry) Gibbs; sons Anthony (Adrie) Rousseau and Narcisse Narcelle Rousseau (So- Kelli Allen) and six grandchildren.

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