Edwin K. Rose

1953 – 2013


Edwin K. “Ed” Rose, 60, of Lima, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, in the mountains that he knew and loved.

Ed was born in Rexburg, ID, to Stanford and Eleanor “Vadnais” Rose on Feb. 23, 1953. He grew up in Lima and never strayed very far or for very long from home. He attended school in and graduated from The Lima School.

Ed married Nora Jean Miller and they were blessed with three beautiful boys—“the 3 Js,” Jackson, Jason and Justin.

Ed and Nora Jean parted ways and have remained friends through the years. Ed was then married to Dorothy Selby and they were together for several years. Their journey began in their school days and their mutual fondness has endured as well.

Ed was always tireless and energetic. He worked harder than most anyone we know and did it well! Ed worked for several years for his aunt and uncle at Ralph’s Exxon in Lima. His real career began when he became a “railroader.” He worked almost thirty years as a brakeman and conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, primarily out of Dillon. After leaving the UP, he workedfor many cattle ranchers in and around the Lima area, to include the Big Hole. There, he spent some busy and snowy days and nights feeding cows and helping with the calving seasons. He also swung a mean ax and could fell just about any tree you pointed out!

The biggest love of Ed’s life, excluding his family, was the mountains of Montana, Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves. Never forget Eddy Arnold either! He spent every extra minute he had hunting, fishing, trapping and just generally enjoying the great outdoors. He had a sheepwagon that he used for camping and kept in great condition, so it was ready to go whenever he was—and he was always ready to go!  He was a familiar sight on many of the back roads of our great area surrounding Lima. His sense of humor and great smile will be remembered always!  I guess we have to include in his many favorites, much to the chagrin of some of his family members, the Dallas Cowboys. He was a lifelong fan and many a TV suffered over any loss they encountered over the years. Oh, he was dedicated!

Ed is survived by: sons Jackson, Justin and Jason; brother Jack (Nancy) Rose; seven grandchildren; three nieces; and many cousins and extended family members. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and constant companion, Starr.  Ed will be also be remembered by his girlfriend, Emily Richards, and her children, especially William and Melodee Ewing. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, as well as bu many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and, at Ed’s request, there will be no services.

We will miss but never forget him!  “Happy hunting Edrow!”