John M. "Sam" Rose

Born: Tue., Oct. 12, 1920
Died: Fri., Jun. 14, 2013


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jul. 10, 2013
Location: Choteau United Methodist Church


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John M.  "Sam" Rose, age 83, life-long resident of Choteau, MT died Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Teton Medical Center in Choteau, MT.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 10th at the Choteau United Methodist Church and interment of his cremated remains will be in the Choteau Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home.

Sam was born October 12, 1929 in Choteau, MT, the son of Martin and Elsie (Westaway) Rose. He was raised and educated in Choteau, MT and was a proud graduate of Montana State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and Entomology.  While in College he was active in student government and was President of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

He was married to Beverly Talbott on August 15, 1954 in Great Falls, MT.  He served in the US Air Force following his graduation.

 Sam was a member of the Choteau United Methodist Church, the Choteau Chamber of Commerce, Stock Growers Association, charter member and past President of the Choteau Jaycees, Choteau United Methodist Church, and Choteau American Legion.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Montana Farm Bureau, Mountain West Insurance Company, Russell Country Tourism Board, BLM Advisory Council,  Museum of the Rockies Regional Advisory Board, Montana State University Alumni Board, Teton County Planning Board, and Teton County Police Commission.  He was past chairman of the Board of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation,  past chairman of the Old Trail Museum, the Teton County Republicans,   He was honored to serve in the Montana House of Representatives for 8 years where he  received the Gene Donaldson Laureate Award recognizing leadership in the field of public education.

Sam enjoyed teaching and ranching, working with kids and coaching the local football, basketball and track teams, fishing,  and watching sports, especially the Bobcat football team.  He also enjoyed politics and following his grandchildren's activities

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Rose , daughter, Robin (Sam) Phares of Big Timber, MT and son, Charles Rose and family of Billings, MT, a brother, Don Rose of Cascade, MT; grandchildren: John and Lauren Phares, both of Big Timber, MT and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Charles and James Rose, and a sister: Anna Field.

Sam gave so generously of himself to others, family, friends, community and state.  Now rest in peace , our beloved husband, dad, and papa.

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Jenny Pluhar
   Posted Sun June 16, 2013
Sam was a wonderful man.....super father to Robin and Chuck. He will be missed by many. We have many fond memories of Sam and Bev coming to Bizeman for games during our college years. An absolute gem of a man!
Darwin and Jenny Pluhar

Sherry Garretson
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
My daughter is an English teacher here in Billings. She works hard at making a difference in her students' lives. I have encouraged her, many times, by telling her that I once had a teacher who treated me with respect and made me feel like what I contributed to our class really WAS important. His name was, Mr. Rose. He made such a difference in my life and I have thought of him often over the years. I am thinking of him again today and I pray his family finds peace and comfort in the loss of such a cool guy. Good bye, Mr. Rose... and, thank you!!!!

Bob and Myrtle Kinna
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the Rose family on the passing of John better known as Sam.

Diane Bishop
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Mr Rose was my favorite teacher. I am sad he is not with us anymore. But happy he is in Heaven with the Lord!!! Miss ya Mr Rose.

Diane Bishop, Choteau, Montana

Rick & Julie Jackson
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Dear Bev, Robin & Family,
We are so sorry about Sam's passing. He was a great man who gave so much of his time talents & resources to so many causes. We will miss visiting with him at Bobcat games, but have such good memories of his involvement in "kicking the cap" away at tailgates! Take good care and know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Love, Julie, Rick & Ellie Jackson

David Joslyn
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Mr. Rose was a great man, a great teacher and a great coach. He was positive influence on me and I will always have fond memories of him. Rest in peace Coach Rose.

Jenny Price
   Posted Tue June 18, 2013
I was sad to hear of Mr. Rose's passing. I have fond memories of him from high school and can still picture him in front of the room. He will be missed.

Jenny Price, Las Vegas, NV

Jack Hartz
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
Mr. Rose was one of my favorite when he taught in Fairfield. He was also a great coach and competitor when hen coached in Choteau. He was always interested in his former students and was fun to visit with him off and on over the years. He was a good legislator and server the county and all it's citizens. He was one of the good ones. Rest in peace Mr. Rose.

Jack Hartz, Anchorage Alaska

Judy Olson Stewart
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
Dear Bev, Chuck, and Robin-

I was so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I last saw him in Choteau, at United Methodist Church the weekend before Christmas. He made a point to come and speak to me (which greatly impressed my sons that there was a teacher who remembered me after all these years!). Sam was a great teacher- one of my favorites- he made a difference in the lives of many Choteau High School kids. We are surely losing some of the "greatest" from the little community of Choteau.
Thinking of you during this difficult time-
Judy

Judy Morey Cleave
   Posted Thu June 20, 2013
My sister Janet sent me a message today to let me know of Mr. Rose's passing. I am so sorry that you have lost his physical presence in your lives. He was definitely one of my favorite teachers. He was one of those people who cared about every student in his class and saw the good in everyone. Even when he dealt with students who were acting out it was clear that he wanted the best outcome for each of us. Mr. Rose hired many of us to work for him, a pleasant way to earn money and build workplace skills. I don't think he ever knew a stranger, and it really made me happy to know that my parents counted him as a friend. Rest in peace, Mr. Rose. Your influence in my life will always be remembered.

Kermit Young
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
"Sam" Rose was a great guy. He was a loyal and dedicated educator of young people who cared very deeply for the welfare and future of his home state of Montana and for our country. He had a great sense of humor and was so much fun to be around. He left an everlasting positive impression on the lives of many and will be missed by all of us who knew him.

Kermit Young
Nevada City, CA

Linda McCulloch
   Posted Wed July 03, 2013
I will miss Sam! I remember Sam very fondly. I served in the Legislature with him and I will always remember his sense of humor. He had quite a sense of humor. Montana will miss Sam...he was one of the good ones!

Lonnie and Pam Dale
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
When I think back about my high school years the memories involving Sam are abundant and diverse. Sam had positive influences on so many people he is truly one of those that made a difference in this world. I greatly enjoyed each 4th of July when we would talk with Sam after the parade about past and current events. The 4th will be missing something special. Choteau and the State of Montana will not be the same without him. Bev, thanks for allowing him to spend all that time with us, the community, and the State.

Roxanne Christofferson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 18, 2013
Sam was a warm and loving person. When I came to Choteau as a single teacher, he and Bev adopted me as if I were their daughter-having me over for dinner, taking me to the ranch, and always watching out for me. He was a wonderful support system for me in the school and will always remain special. May your wonderful memories of him bring you peace at this difficult time.

Roxanne Christofferson,
Great Falls, Montana

Deana Henderson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 18, 2013
Sam was so nice to me he worried bout me on the roads when I use to drive from Augusta, he came to me and said if you ever have a problem by my place you are more then welcome to go in there and say... I didn't know him til that day But Sam you are a very caring nice Man You will be missed God Bless you and your family.

Deana Henderson,
Choteau, Montana

Karen & Doug Ferris
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
When I came to Choteau as a young single teacher, Sam was my protector. He always watched out for me. Doug remembers how much he always loved to get back at the tricksters. We loved his laugh. So sorry he's gone, but we know he's watching over his family. Our sympathies.

Karen & Doug Ferris,
Choteau, Montana

Dale & Jackie Hanson
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Sam Rose was a Montanan through and through...when we moved to Choteau in 1987, Sam treated us like he had known us all of our lives...Sam Rose was a genuine citizen and he taught us how to live the good, honest life.

Dale & Jackie Hanson,
Lolo, Montana

Kathy Boussard
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Our beloved teacher, Sam, was a favorite for all of us during our high school years. He was our mentor and our friend and he always made each of us feel special and worthy. He never seemed to be in a bad mood as he always had a smile and a good word to offer. He was loved by all and will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.

Kathy Boussard

Rick Chauvet
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Sam was a really good man. I'm so sorry for the loss. I enjoyed all the conversation and all the long talks we had. He will always be remembered with love and grace.

Rick Chauvet,
Great Falls, Montana

Wendy Wedum
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Dear Bev and family - I am so sorry to read of Sam's passing. The first thing that popped into my mind was how he and Mr. Reed once convinced Heather J. that her car ran on gopher juice. And the other trick he and Mr. Reed would do was "receiving psychic" messages from each other. They would agree on a time in the teacher's lounge and then at the agreed upon time, Mr. Rose would open Mr. Reed's door during Latin class and give Kirsten Woodahl a shock asking him "You rang..." Loved having Mssrs. Reed and Rose for English class. So many fun memories of a great man. They gave me lifelong skills!!
My sympathy for your loss. May the many memories you have together be of comfort now. Perhaps Mr. Reed welcomed him at the pearly gates...opening the gates and saying "you rang?" He will be deeply missed.

Wendy Wedum,
Conrad

Edith Clark
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Sam was my beloved mentor in the Legislature. Honor, respect, love of God family and country, integrity, teacher and fun loving friend... Sincere sympathy to all of his family and friends. He will be remembered with love.

Edith Clark
Sweet Grass

Bob and Myrtle Kinna
   Posted Fri July 05, 2013
June 17, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the Rose family on the passing of John better known as Sam.

Bob and Myrtle Kinna

Lee and Genny Barhaugh
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Bev and Family:

We are thinking about all of you and remembering Sam, with gratitude for his friendship. Our deepest sympathy and our prayers go with you.

Adrienna Hines
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Sam was a wonderful man and an example of how to live life to the fullest. You will be dearly missed, friend. All our love to you Bev and Robin/Sam/John/Lauren. xoxoxo

Amy Tangen
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Mr Rose will live on in his students hearts...and in the hearts of the students many of us teach because of him. He made me feel "important" and "capable" while in his classes. He teased, and always referred to me as "Amos". I hope I am half the teacher he was!

No Name Listed
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
July 04, 2013
One of my favorite instructors. Always had a kind word and smile that made you learn unknowingly. The world needs many more men like Mr. Rose(he earned the respect).

Doug Sabo
   Posted Fri July 12, 2013
Dear Bev and Family, Sorry to hear about Sam. A lot of fond memories of him as a coach, mentor, family friend and someone that was fun to visit when I was in town. Wishing you and the family my support and love....will miss him.

Doug Sabo
Saco, Maine

Sandy Kempa
   Posted Sun August 04, 2013
Dear Bev and Family, I was so sorry to learn of Sam's passing. Such a fine man and so highly regarded by many people. I still fondly remember him from my earliest teaching days; as well as after we moved back to Choteau.

Greg Luinstra
   Posted Tue August 06, 2013
To the Rose family: I always remember Mr. Rose with fondness. He was a great teacher and person. His legacy will live on in many lives that he touched and encouraged over the many years. They do not make many like him anymore. My condolences to your family.

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