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Obituary: Steve Rose

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Steve Rose, AKA “Rosey” because of his last name, his rosie outlook, and red-faced complexion, returned to his Heavenly Father on the evening of October 19, 2015, at 7:15 PM after a three year battle with cancer.  Rosey passed peacefully in his home surrounded by those closest to him.

Rosey was born August 8, 1948, in Scottsburg, Indiana.  He graduated from Spencer High School in Spencer, Indiana, and attended college at Purdue University where he received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Rosey also served in the Indiana National Guard where he honed his culinary talents and was awarded the position of First Cook to the Indiana State Adjutant General.  His desire for a simpler lifestyle lead him to move his family to St. Ignatius, Montana, in 1980. 

Rosey was well known for his legendary stints as Santa Claus, entertaining jokes, and masterful story telling.  He had a deep love and respect for the “underdog” and the hard working men and women of small town America.  These character traits lead him to be a natural mentor to many boys and men throughout his lifetime.

Rosey’s infectious entrepreneurial spirit and hard driving work ethic led him to many successful ventures from restaurants, catering, and a cookie store to Montana’s first tour guide publisher.  Rosey is best known for is his work as the owner of The Canyon Ferry Mansion in Townsend, Montana, and for his work as a General Contractor and a Historic Building Restoration Specialist. His work can be seen at the Canyon Ferry Mansion Complex just north of Townsend.  

Rosey is survived by his current wife, Lori Deal Rose; and her four children, Jesse and (Star) Moyer, Jennifer Deal (Anthony), Hawk (Bekah), Devan; and her five grandchildren, Tyler, Jordan, Willa, River, and Meadow.

He is also survived by his brother, Clark Britain; and his aunt, Katheryn Nicholas; his first wife, Sandra Rose of 46 years; and their two sons, Sean and Stuart Rose; and  two grandchildren, Sadie and Katelyn Rose.

Visitations will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Church of Latter Day Saints in Townsend, MT.  After the visitations, there will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM followed by a lunch reception for friends and family.  At 4:00 PM, there will be a caravan leaving the church and proceeding to the lake where a brief informal Celebration of Life and scattering of ashes will take place.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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