Bernard Milton Rose was born May 15, 1941, under the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.
He was the oldest of eight children born to Lawrence and Rita Vieux Rose.
Bernie moved to Gunnison with his wife, Ruth, and children, Rebecca and Jess, to work at the power plant. He then moved to Craig to again work at the power plant.
He loved his community and the history of Northwest Colorado.
Bernie was a gifted artist, both as a metal sculptor and painter. He learned fabricating from his father, and his first sculpture was a Pegasus from a very expensive piece of copper his father had in his shop. His sculptures are admired throughout the area.
Bernie always had a story, real or imagined, to tell, and more than a few people were fortunate to hear them around his teepee.
Bernie loved to camp, loved his horse, Roxy, and his dog, Bob, and loved solving the world’s problems with the boys down at the Cavvy. He was sorry to back out of his pinochle group but loved all the players there.
One of his favorite sayings as he bid farewell to whomever was “Don’t share with the revenuers.” He was famous for his crepes and his fry bread at camp.
He was an advocate for the wild horses that are indigenous to our part of the state and looked at them as national treasures to be respected and protected as well as seeing them as the last visages of the Old West.
He will be sorely missed by his boys at the Cavvy and his harem.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Shea; his children, Rebecca and Jess (Melissa) Rose; and grandchildren Zeb, Tiana and Liam.
A memorial service is at 4 p.m. Sept. 2, 2012, at Loudy-Simpson Park.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial account has been set up at Bank of the West.