Elwin G. Rose, age 87, a lifelong resident of Greene Township, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Erie, PA. He was born February 18, 1929 to the late Edward and Ethel Myers Rose.
Mr. Rose served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Valley Forge Army Base in Pennsylvania. A dedicated community servant, he was a member of the Kuhl Hose Volunteer Fire Company for 40 years, he served on the Wattsburg Area School District Board of Directors for 40 years, 15 of those years as President, and he was a member and past president of the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit. He was a member of the West Greene Community Church for many years, later attending Lake Pleasant Methodist Church, and he was chairman of the Homeshow Building at the Waterford Fair for several years.
Mr. Rose retired from Erie Insurance Exchange with 37 years of service, and spent his retirement years caring for his large garden and flower beds, sharing vegetables and flowers with friends and neighbors.
Preceding him in death was his wife of 52 years, Vivian Rebecca Wilcox Rose, sisters Mildred and Gladys, and brothers Donald, Roger and Lloyd.
He is survived by three daughters, Sharon Prince (Samuel) of Beaver Falls, Dorian Rose, Ph.D. of Gainesville, FL, and Kristin Searcy (Jay) of Hamtramck, MI. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jason Prince (Rachel), Kaitlyn Searcy Wolstenholm (James), Lydia Searcy, Jes Searcy, Elizabeth Searcy, Noel Searcy and Ella Searcy; and four great-grandchildren: Gwenyth Prince, Genevieve Prince, Liliane Prince and Izaak Wolstenholm. Other family members include sisters Naomi Perley and Norma Gorniak (Jerry), and brothers Carl Rose and Bill Rose (Jean); brother-in-law Ed Wilcox (Norma) and sisters-in-law Helen Taylor, Marie Rose and Clydine Rose.
Friends are invited to visiting hours at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held there Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. officiated by son-in-law and Pastor, Jay Searcy. Burial with military honors will follow at Waterford Cemetery.