Verlin Rose passed away at his son’s home, Aurora, NE., June 26th, at the age of 83, with his family at his side.
Verlin Darrell Rose was born at his parents’ home four miles south of Rosemont, NE., on February 26, 1937. He was the second child of Pete Ralph Rose and Grace Lidy Degener Rose. He was baptized at the Rosemont Presbyterian Church in 1937 and confirmed there in 1954 at the age of 17 years. He attended rural school District 37 of Rosemont through 4th grade. The family then moved to Red Cloud in 1946 due to his father’s health. Verlin attended school there until the 9th grade when the family moved back to another farm 8 miles south of Rosemont. Verlin then attended Eckley Consolidated School where he graduated in 1956. During the summer following his junior year of high school, Verlin worked in Hastings for the W. G. Pauley Lumber Construction Co. After graduation he worked for Harold Beahm Dry Wall for a year. He then attended telegraphy school at CB&Q Railroad in Hastings, NE. He then worked as a telegrapher for the railroad in the following states: MO., IA., IL., MN., WI., & CO. until the fall of 1959 when he volunteered for National Guard Duty to fulfill his obligation to the military. His military training and service were at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Following 6 months of active duty there, he returned to Hastings where he worked at Hastings Equity Grain Bin Co. until 1961. He worked for Bob Fricke Construction 1961-1964. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1965.
He married Mildred Jane Janicke on May 29, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Hastings, NE. Their first child, Ronald Vaughn, was born in December of 1961. The couple moved to Blue Hill in May of 1962, following Jane’s graduation from Hastings College. She began her teaching career in Blue Hill in the fall of 1962. Three more children blessed their marriage: Teresa Jane, Daniel Lynn, and Alesa Jalin. Verlin started his own construction business in Blue Hill building homes in the Lawrence, Glenvil, Fairfield and Blue Hill area. During this time, he worked in partnership with Don Burge and Duane Kumke. Between 1979 & 1982, Verlin was in partnership with Walt Thomas owning and operating the bowling alley and café named Sunset Lanes. In 1982, Verlin left the business and started Rose Sales & Service, specializing in heating and air conditioning sales, installation and repair. He continued in this business until 2004 when he retired.
Verlin was a member of the Blue Hill Commerce Club 1964-1980. He served as president and treasurer of this organization. He was elected to serve on the Blue Hill City Council mid 1960’s-1970 and again 1989-1993, serving as chairman of Council and Blue Hill Mayor for a portion of his elected service time.
Verlin was a member of the United Methodist Church in Blue Hill and served on the church board and the Board of Trustees. He was a volunteer member of the Blue Hill Fire Department for many years. In 1990 he started his annual trips to Mexico as a part of Mabel’s Mexico Mission, building many Casitas for the needy there. Verlin was a member of the Blue Hill American Legion.
During his childhood years in Red Cloud he spent many hours fishing the Republican River near his home. As an adult, Verlin’s favorite activities included square-dancing and camping with his square-dancing friends, fishing trips, and elk hunting trips to Colorado with his two sons and friends. He also enjoyed backpacking in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, traveling and exploring many states in their RV, including two trips to Alaska. He looked forward to his yearly mission trips to Mexico.
Preceding him in death were his parents Pete and Grace Rose, sister Shirley Moore, sister-in-law, Karen Rose and grandchild Carrie Marie Rose, daughter of Dan and Lara Rose. Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Jane, children Ron Rose (Jo), Teresa Miller (Dave), Dan Rose (Lara), Alesa Johnson (Chad). Grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kirk Rose, Casey and Rachel Rose & Chloe, Derek and Heidi Rose, Grace & Olivia, Dillon and Alexis Rose-children and grandchildren of Ron & Jo Rose; Brett Miller, Logan and Ashyln Miller, Bron & Emelyn, Emma Miller-children and grandchildren of Dave & Teresa Miller, Emily Rose, Marci Rose, Jared Rose, Briella Rose, Titus Rose-children of Dan and Lara Rose; Ben Johnson and Anna Johnson-children of Chad & Alesa Johnson. Brothers and Sister-In-Law; Virgil Rose and Leslie (Marjorie) Rose.
Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30th, 6-8pm with family present at Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, NE. Service will be held at Evangelical Free Church in Hastings on Wednesday, July 1st at 11:00 am with Pastor Matt Sass officiating, luncheon to follow. Burial will be at 2:00pm, Rosemont Presbyterian Cemetery, Rosemont, NE. with Military Rites by A.L. Shirley Post #176, Blue Hill, Nebraska. Memorials may be given to the family to be designated at a future date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.mertenbutlermortuary.com. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
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