Robert J. (Bob) Rose of Green Bay died peacefully December 2, 2018 surrounded by his wife, all his children and numerous grandchildren. Having lived a full and inspiring life for 86 years, he is now in the hands of his beloved Lord.
Born in 1932 in rural Minnesota to a school teacher and homemaker, he attended Mankato State University and worked in Minneapolis before relocating his family to Green Bay, where he owned a commercial refrigeration business for many years. Along the way, 7 children arrived to create a loving and bustling family environment. Several years after his first marriage ended in divorce, he was betrothed to Marion Freiberg who was more than his love interest, as she became his business partner and global travel companion. Bob and Marion cherished their vacation property near Lakewood, Wisconsin and held many family events on the premises. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. To the envy of family and friends, together they had many exotic travel adventures to all 5 continents and filled dozens of photo albums. Bob was an active member and contributor to St. Patrick’s church in Green Bay, where funeral services will be held December 6. Bob was also an active volunteer in the Green Bay community.
Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Marion; his children: Randy (Kathy) Rose, Julie (Todd) Bartels, Kent (Marie) Rose, Bruce (Beth) Rose, Stewart (Mary Beth) Rose, Missy (Tom) Rose and Phil (Lynne) Rose; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and siblings, Richard Rose and Joy Lockner.
He was preceded in death by a sister, June Rose.
Visitation will be held at St. Patrick Parish (211 N. Maple Ave., Green Bay), Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 11 AM to 1 PM. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to Paul's Pantry, Salvation Army, Golden House or St. John's Homeless Shelter in Bob's name are appreciated.