HUNTINGTON, Ind. -- Former US representative J. Edward Roush, a Democrat who represented northeast Indiana in Congress for 16 years before he was beaten by a 29-year-old Dan Quayle in 1976, died Friday in a nursing home. He was 83.
Mr. Roush had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, said Democratic state Representative Win Moses.
"He was just a true public servant even when he wasn't in office, and particularly when he was," said Moses, a former mayor of nearby Fort Wayne. "He took it very seriously and paid attention to everybody."
Mr. Roush, a 1942 Huntington College graduate, served six years in the Army, then entered Indiana University School of Law and was elected to the Legislature during his final year. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
After the war, Mr. Roush went into private practice and was elected Huntington County prosecutor before going to Washington, D.C. in 1958.
After losing to Quayle, who later became senator and then vice president, Mr. Roush was appointed by President Carter to head the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Regional and Intergovernmental Operations. He returned to private law practice in 1979 and retired in 1998.
Senator Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana, said Mr. Roush "never lost his sense of place, his gratitude for those who had shared their confidence and friendship with him, and his love for a very supportive family."