Robert Wayne “Bob” Rose, age 66 of Glenwood City, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond following a courageous battle with Dementia & Parkinson’s Disease.
Bob was born on May 23, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois; the son of Albert and Dorothy Ann (Oul) Rose. He was raised in Chicago where he attended Corkery and Mark Twain Elementary Schools prior to attending Kelly High School and later earning his GED. In 1966, he was married to the former Linda Hanks to which sons Chris and Luke were born. This union would later end in divorce. As a young man, he enlisted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge and return, he furthered his education by learning avionics trade in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He loved the beauty of flight and the peace it brought. Working by installing airplane instruments was a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He would return to the Midwest where he farmed, did carpenter work, and even roofing when farming was quiet. Farming required long tiring hours, but he loved every minute of it. Furthermore, he became an over the road truck driver. Although much different from his past experiences, he enjoyed the tranquility of driving highways and taking in its beauty. In 2000, he would meet the love of his life and soul mate; Jean Ann (Ross) Luepke. They would fall in love and would be married in September of 2002. They had a great connection and spent much time simply laughing and appreciating where they were in life. If you were teased by Bob, that meant he liked you. He was a genuine person who cared deeply about his family and friends. He held a vast appreciation for the outdoors and nature. Deer hunting in Wisconsin, bird hunting in Illinois, or running around the ice as a kid when his dad was ice fishing always brought great memories. Moreover, he enjoyed traveling to air shows or model train shows as he loved old steam engines.
Bob will forever remain in the hearts of his wife Jean; sons Chris Rose (Penny Nichols) of Chippewa Falls, Luke Rose of Elk Mound; step children Ryan (Annie) Luepke of Glenwood City, Scott Luepke (Sara Kins) of Eau Claire, Maria Luepke of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren Bryan Rose, Alicia Rose; step grandchildren Faith Coone and Dominick Luepke; father Albert Rose of Shell Lake, sister Dawn Rose of Shell Lake; mother-in-law Lorraine Ross of Glenwood City, brothers/sisters-in-law Tom (Mary Ann) Ross of Glenwood City, Bob (Sue) Ross of Hammond, Bill Ross of Menomonie, Joan Ross of Glenwood City, Judy (John) Ganong of Wheeler, Jim (Terri) Ross of Glenwood City, Lori (Dennis) Cress of Hammond, as well as several nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Bob is preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Ann (Oul) Rose and father-in-law James Ross.
Funeral services for ‘Bob’ Rose were held 11 a.m. Friday, January 24th at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood City. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran as well as one hour prior to the service at church on Friday morning. Burial was in the Shell Lake Cemetery in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. To pay respect to his military service in the Air Force, full military honors was provided. Casketbearers were Chris Rose, Luke Rose, Ryan Luepke, Scott Luepke, Jacob Ridgeway, and Bryan Rose. Honorary Casketbearers were Robert Sanfilippo and Maria Luepke. Memorials are preferred. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.