DeVon Rose, age 80, of 325 S. Elkhart St., Wakarusa, died at 9:25 a.m., Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at Goshen General Hospital after a long illness. He was born December 17, 1930 in Nappanee to Harvey and Gertrude Martin Rose.
He lived his lifetime in the Elkhart, Nappanee, and Wakarusa area. He was a 1949 graduate of Nappanee High School and took correspondence classes in Drafting. He married Linda Hayes on April 4, 1986 in Elkhart. She survives with 2 sons, Garry (Cheryl) Rose, and Terry Rose, both of Nappanee, stepson, Mathew Tharp, Elkhart, a grandson, Patrick Rose, step granddaughters, Areal, Kayla, and Shelby Tharp, great grandchildren, Gavin and Samantha Rose, a brother, Carlisle Rose, Riverside, CA, and sister, Thelma Prescott, Nappanee. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Rose, sister-in-laws, Ruby and Norma Rose, and brother-in-law, Ted Prescott.
Mr. Rose was a draftsman for Adams and Westlake in Elkhart for many years, he also worked at RV Businesses including Holiday Rambler in Wakarusa. He was the designer/creator of the Bird’s Eye View Museum of Miniatures in Wakarusa, a complete miniature of Downtown Wakarusa buildings and structures and historical sites and structures in 32 counties across Indiana. Mr. Rose had recently donated this display to the Wakarusa Historical Society. He was a member of Nappanee Missionary Church, and the United Commercial Travelers. He was a stamp collector and enjoyed antique cars.
Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home in Wakarusa. Funeral Services will be Friday, 2:00 pm at the Nappanee Missionary Church. Pastor Marvin Engbrecht will officiate. Burial will be in South Union Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County or Goshen Care At Home Hospice.