Leonard Mabry Rose

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

Soldotna resident Leonard Mabry Rose died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 71.

A visitation will be held at 6 p.m. today at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Further services will be held with the Clarksville Funeral Home in Clarksville, Texas. Burial will be in the New Shamrock Cemetery in Clarksville.

Mr. Rose was born Sept. 17, 1929, in Clarksville, where he was raised and educated. He enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1948 and served until 1950. He then served with the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard and was discharged in 1975.

Mr. Rose worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety for many years. In May of 1952 he began working as a patrol officer for the Texas Highway Patrol. He retired from the Department of Public Safety in 1970 and worked many other various jobs, including as a fire chief in Iran, training firefighters in Saudi Arabia and working on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He also was the fire marshal in Lancaster, Texas, beginning in 1975. He later returned to work for the Department of Public Safety in Texas. He retired, and he moved to Soldotna in 1991.

Mr. Rose was a member of the New Shamrock Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, Masonic Lodge No. 16 in Texas and the Scottish Rite of the Valley of Dallas. He enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling and cooking.

"He was a dedicated family man, loving husband and father. He loved adventures and loved Alaska. He was a great provider for his family and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a true leader of men and would do just about anything for anybody," his family said.

Mr. Rose was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Dorothy Rose of Soldotna; sons Mike of Bisbee, Ariz., Pat of Sterling, and Bob of Eagle River; grandchildren Heather Skipper, Crystal Dubois, Scott Rose, Pat Rose, Mitch Flake, Becky Kay and Kelley Hieber; eight great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Rose of Bonaham, Texas, and Dan Rose of Dallas; sisters Virginia Bowers of Clarksville and Dora Jones of Paris, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be sent to Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219-3993.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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