Steven Wendell Rose
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LEXINGTON: The friendliness that characterized Steve Rose's life affected everyone he met. No one ever left a conversation with Steve a stranger. His generosity overflowed through giving of his time and his monetary gifts. He helped anyone he could in whatever way he could.
Steven Wendell Rose, a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a patriot, follower of Christ, friend to many, and example to all passed away Saturday evening, July 13, 2013 in Lexington Court Care Center following a six-month battle with gallbladder cancer at the age of 70.
He was born March 29, 1943 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of John Wendell and Rubetta Eliza (Hall) Rose. His family relocated to Indiana where he graduated from Auburn High School in 1961. He began his college studies at Purdue University- Fort Wayne. In 1971 he earned an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy from Malcom X Junior College and Northwestern University. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health Science Education in 1978.
A Vietnam veteran, Steven proudly served the U.S. Navy overseas, stationed in Da Nang and Phu Bai during the Tet Offensive. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, the Vietnam Service Medal with FMF Combat Insignia & Bronze Star. After serving for four years, he was honorably discharged April 29, 1970. He was a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion in Bellville.
On December 19, 1971 he married Rebecca "Becky" Hertzig with whom he celebrated over forty-one years of marriage. This past fall, Steven and Becky shared a special anniversary trip with their children and grandchildren to Siesta Key, Florida.
Steven worked as a respiratory therapist at several area hospitals including Kindred Hospital in Mansfield and Crestline Memorial Hospital, Marion General, and The Ohio State University Hospital.
Blessed with a servant's heart he was an active member of United Methodist Church of the Cross where he was an usher and served on the Stewardship Committee. He also served on the administrative board of the church and as a lay-leader to the annual conference. He was active with the men's group of the church and the Paul Revere men's bible study group. He was always willing to give of himself to help the church with day to day maintenance or special events.
Steven was a member of the Lexington Kiwanis since 1979, serving in several leadership positions including President of Kiwanis and Chairman of Spiritual Aims Committee.
Family was a priority to Steven. A supportive father and grandfather, Steven taught his children how to raise their families by example. Active in their interests, he was a Boy Scout Leader and soccer coach. He was instrumental in beginning the Lexington Recreational Soccer Association, as well as introducing ladies soccer and swimming as competitive sports in the Lexington school system. He made a special effort to support his grandchildren as well. Whether soccer games, Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, or grandparent's day, he was never too busy to be involved with them. A "hands on Grandpa," he loved doting on them and spending time with them playing, walking, fishing or even mowing.
Devoted to his wife, Steven and Becky enjoyed their time together traveling all 50 states and other memorable trips to Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. They celebrated their 40th anniversary on a Hawaiian cruise. Together they set a wonderful example with their love and commitment to one another.
Steven was interested in all sports, but Indiana University sports, especially basketball, he loved most. He also enjoyed watching OSU football, and the Cleveland Indians.
In addition to his wife Becky of Lexington, he is survived by three children and their spouses Brian and Lori Rose of North Ridgeville, Heather and David Brickley of Delaware, and Erich and Rebekah Rose of St. Louis, Missouri; five grandchildren Trevor, Morgan, Lucien, and William Rose and Caleb Brickley; a sister Judith and brother-in-law Mohammad Chishti of Overland Park, Kansas, a niece Lara and her husband Marc Duran of Salina, Kansas, and two great nieces Regan and Skylar.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am in United Methodist Church of the Cross, where visitation will be held the hour prior to the service. Pastor Susan Lausch will lead the service with Steven's son Erich Rose. Military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #535 will follow on the church grounds with Chaplain Lt. Col. Daniel Burris delivering the service of committal.
Memorial contributions in honor of Steven may be made to Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund and the Church of the Cross Roof Fund, and may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the Rose family may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the News Journal on July 16, 2013