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George Elmer Rose

Feb 2, 1938 - May 13, 2017
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George Elmer Rose passed away May 13, 2017, in Yakima, Washington. George was born February 2, 1938, in Colville, Washington to George R. Rose and Leona (Byrd) Rose. He was the youngest of eight children and grew up in Colville.
George worked on a dairy farm in Springdale milking cows for about a year before joining the Army in February 1956, shortly after his 18th birthday. In April 1959, he married Gloria Curran, and together they had three girls. He was an Honor Graduate, graduating third in his class from the US Army Armor School and spent his military career as Senior Recovery Mechanic and Senior Track Mechanic. George received several letters of commendation stating, “superior knowledge of technical and mechanical procedures, high degree of efficiency, untiring efforts, and exemplary leadership.” His expertise and technical proficiency earned his division the reputation of being “Hell on Wheels” because of the turnaround time in getting the tanks and automotive equipment back to the First Men of War. After retiring from the Army in 1976, George worked as a mechanic at Bill’s Chevron and head of maintenance at Yakima Meadows for 18 years. He has been part of the assisted-living community since 2009.
George enjoyed listening to country music, watching sports (especially baseball), bowling, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, playing pinochle, bingo, and pool, and celebrating the holidays with his family.
George is survived by his three daughters who love him dearly, Leona (Don) Dorais of Kalispell, MT, Anita (Tim) Conroy of Yakima, WA, and Betty (Scott) Bardwell of Selah, WA; five grandchildren, Stephen (Christina), Jenny, Jacqueline, Grant, and Claire; and one great-grandchild, Aidan. He is also survived by his brother Marvin Rose of Kettle Falls, WA, sister-in-law Barbara Rose of Bakersfield, CA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Leona, his brothers and sisters, Ethel, Albert, Irving, Betty, Frances, and Jean, and his nephew Phillip.
The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Brookside Funeral Home (500 W Prospect Pl., Moxee, WA 98936), with inurnment to follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park.  A reception will follow the services. 
Thank you, most sincerely, to all who cared for him at Brookdale, Landmark, and Cottage in the Meadow.



Funeral Information

Funeral service

May 24, 2017:2:00 p.m.

Brookside Funeral Home

500 West Prospect, Moxee




Terrace Heights Memorial Park

Yakima, Washington