Larry Edward Rose, 64, of Glenns Ferry passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at his home following an illness. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, in the Glenns Ferry Middle School Gym. Inurnment will follow at Glenn Rest Cemetery in Glenns Ferry.
Larry was born to Kenneth O. Rose and Mary Dee Taylor Rose on August 20, 1947 in Wirth, Ark. Larry moved to Idaho with his parents at the age of two and later attended school in Kemmerer, Wyo., and Richfield, King Hill and Glenns Ferry, Idaho. Larry took one year at Boise Jr. College in auto mechanics, whereas his instructor let him teach the class.
Larry had his first crush at the age of 15. It was at the Fourth of July Park where he first laid eyes on Cheryl and waited 'til she was a freshman and 14 before he wooed her. Larry and Cheryl were blessed to have 43 wonderful years of marriage together.
Through the years, Larry worked hard to provide a living for his family so Cheryl could be a stay at home mom. Over the years, he worked as a city policeman, a photographer and developer for Campbell's Studio, for the Highway District, as a bus supervisor for the Glenns Ferry School and as head cashier for Idaho State Board.
In 1969, Larry started a garbage route, which he later sold. He and Cheryl owned and operated the Opera Theatre for five years, and he owned Glenns Ferry Oil Company for many years before he sold it. For the last 30 years, he along with his wife owned and operated Hometown Hardware, previously known as Coast to Coast.
Larry loved serving the community. He served on the Glenns Ferry City Council and later served as Elmore County Commissioner for 14 years. Larry took his commission job very seriously and relished in the fact that the county was in better shape when he left than when he went on the board.
Few people understood how dedicated he really was for them, but his family knew because their family life and vacations revolved around the Commissioner Meetings. In 14 years, Larry had only missed one meeting until his health failed.
Larry served in the Air National Guard for five years in the position of crew chief. Larry was a member of the Lions Club, a Mason and was Associate Guardian of Job's Daughters until his daughter's health caused him to quit everything and be home evenings to help with the family. Larry was also member of the United Methodist Church.
Larry was a fix-it man and loved the challenge of digging in to a project and conquering it. In the store, he found great comfort in helping people repair things at a minimal cost. In the store, in the commission and in life he had a great passion for children and the elderly.
Larry's greatest love was his family, and a friend once said that if Cheryl were to die, their children would still have a mother. His devotion was strongly felt by his wife, his parents, his children and his friends. Larry often said people usually really liked him if they got to know him.
Larry is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his son Jason and his wife Teddy of Boise; his daughters Amy Dawn of Wendell; Amanda and her husband Geoff Huetten of Puyallup, Wash.; his father K.O. Rose of Shoshone; his brothers Tony Rose and his wife Audrey of Pueblo West, Colo.; K.M. Rose and his wife Ellen of Bozeman, Mont.; brother in-law Bob Janousek and his wife Mary; and sister in-laws Laree Reuter; Judy Miller and husband Lynn; and his precious grandchildren: Adam, Max, Sam and Olivia Rose and Kaelee, Brielle and Kiera Huetten, plus several special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Rose, mother in law Tressie Spencer and fathers in-law Eugene Spencer and Virgil Janousek.
The family asks that their charity go to St. Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital, the Glenns Ferry Seniors or the Glenns Ferry Methodist Church.