Robert Allen Rose Jr., 58, of Lewiston, Idaho, died Feb. 6, 2017, at Tri State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, Wash., after multiple illnesses and surgeries. His heart was just too tired to go on.
Bob was born on Feb. 27, 1958, to Robert Sr. and Rose Paulson in Klamath Falls, Ore. The family later returned to Robert Sr.’s hometown of Grangeville, Idaho.
Bob attended school in White Bird, Idaho, and Grangeville, and graduated in 1976. He was an excellent athlete in both baseball (American Legion), and basketball (Lucky # 13)
Bob enlisted in the Army in the fall of 1975 and left for Missouri shortly after graduation. He attended medical specialist training in Texas, then served in Alaska with the 1st Battalion, 60th infantry. He earned an expert rifle badge and expert field Medic badge. He was honorably discharged in 1979 and remained in Alaska for a year, attending nursing school there.
Bob then transferred to Lewis Clark State College where he continued his nursing studies. After one semester, he transferred to BSU and there met his wife, Angela. They married in Dec. 1982. Bob moved his family back to the prairie in 1983, first to White Bird where he logged for one year, then back to Grangeville. He was employed by Les Schwab Tire Center in June 1986 and worked as a commercial tire sales and serviceman until June 2007, when the family moved to Lewiston, Idaho.
In Lewiston, Bob rejoined many of his former co-workers from Les Schwab when he was hired at Potlatch Paper Mill, later called Clearwater Paper Corp. He worked there until his death.
Bob was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston and had been a 3rd degree K.C. in Grangeville. Bob had many things he was passionate about, above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his children and six grandchildren, preferably in the woods camping, foraging, hunting, or fishing on the river. He was a very talented wildlife artist, and loved the Green Bay Packers his entire life.
Bob was always smiling, and his unique laugh was easily recognized and was always followed by tears streaming down his face. He loved to play jokes on his friends, and he was so good at it you rarely saw it coming. He was tickled to death when Donald Trump won the election.
Bob is survived by his mother, Rose, of Lewiston; his wife, Angi, in the home; sons, Bo of Greencreek, Idaho, and Austin, still in the home; and daughters, Jessica of Seattle, Wash., and Robin of Clarkston. He and Angela were also raising granddaughter, Patience Rose, and grandson, Corbin Wood, both still in the family home. His other grandchildren are Thomas and Makayla Rose (Bo), Faith Walton, (Jess), and Olivia Bigsby (Robin). Bob was also very close to his many cousins throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sr.; his grandparents, Paul Rose and Margaret Tretzel, and Helen and Charlie Paulson; as well as a brother, Joe, and best friend and cousin, Thomas Rose.
Bob’s funeral Mass took place at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston, officiated by Father Richard Root. He will be laid to rest sometime this summer at Fairview Cemetery at Grangeville with a military color guard.
A memorial account has been set up at P1FCU, and the family requests friends to send written memories of times spent with Bob, to be compiled in a book for each of the grandchildren. Home address is 909 10th Avenue, Lewiston, ID. 83501
Gone too soon, but never forgotten.