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Donald J. Rose

December 14, 1940 ~ March 9, 2020 (age 79)


Don J. Rose, 79, of Spring Valley, MN died on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Donald James Rose was born on December 14, 1940 in Sarles, ND to H. Wilson “Billy” and Mary “Elaine” (Baker) Rose. He graduated from Calvin High School in 1959 and then attended Jamestown College where he graduated in 1963. He taught in Lisbon, ND for 3 years and moved to Spring Valley in 1966 where he was a Boy Scouts Representative for 1 year. He then returned to teaching at Spring Valley High School. On December 21, 1968 Don was united in marriage to Judy Klitzke at St. Mathews Church in Stewart, MN. He taught for 32 years in Spring Valley. For 6 years after retirement, Don took up carpentry.

Don enjoyed reading, woodworking, and camping. He volunteered his time to the Spring Valley Fire Department and as an EMT. Don was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and the church council, Boy Scout Committee, Library Board, Spring Valley Historical Society, and the Cemetery Board. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club for many years, being named Citizen of the Year in 2017.

Don is survived by his wife Judy of 51 years, children Katie (Randy) Kabes of Rochester, MN, Mary (Mark) Giese of Sauk Rapids, MN, Carolyn (Barrie) Pedersen of Rochester, MN, Dan (Amy) Rose of Chanhassen, MN, grandchildren Andrew, Eli, and Adam Giese, Ted and Rose Pedersen, Mackenzie and Jordan Rose, siblings Doug (Ruth) Rose of Fargo, ND, Jean (Jim) Byron of Mount Vernon, WA, Judy Anderson of Glenwood, MN, sisters-in-law Joanne Bethke of Chanhassen, MN, and Janet (Kent) Fregien of Red Wing, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Ernest Anderson.

Memorial Services for Don will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Susan Li officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley on Thursday, March 12 and will continue for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club to be used for scholarships, the Spring Valley Public Library, or the Spring Valley Historical Society.

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March 12, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hindt Funeral Home - Spring Valley
316 north Broadway
Spring Valley, MN 55975

Memorial Service
March 13, 2020

2:00 PM
Our Saviors Lutheran Church - Spring Valley, MN

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