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Donovan "Don" E. Rose, October 19, 1933 - June 2, 2019

Donovan  "Don" E. Rose
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Donovan Edward Rose went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2019 after a brief struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Ed, known to many as Don, was born at home on the family farm in Augusta, WI to Benton & Cora (Sieg) Rose on October 19, 1933, where he lived until he was a young, married father. Prior to his marriage to Faye Barby on October 26, 1957, he served for a short time in the Navy, being discharged due to the death of his father. Once home, he and Faye managed the farm until 1965, when they moved to Eau Claire. Ed ran his own service station in Putnam Heights, Don’s (Sinclair) Arco, after which he worked delivering fuel oil until retirement.

Ed’s Christian faith influenced his commitment and involvement in church activities and service, which for many years was the Eau Claire Wesleyan Church and now for a number of years has been Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church. His faith in Christ was also the main inspiration in his commitment to family and friends, his unwavering honesty and impeccable integrity.

He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Faye, children Lee Ann (Dave) Blackmer, Chris (Kathie) Rose, grandchildren Emily Blackmer, Jordan Blackmer, Benton (Kelly) Rose, Kaitlin (Josh) Brown, Anna (Zach) Gavin and Brady Rose (Courtney Olson), as well as great-granddaughter Brynleigh Rose. Don is further survived by his sisters, Alice Rose and Nancy Rose, extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Myrwood Rose.

Heartfelt gratitude is extended to Heritage Court Memory Care and Mayo Hospice, whose staffs provided extremely kind, loving and competent care to Ed and his family through this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate that any donations be directed to Bethesda Lutheran Church or to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

Funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire.  Visitation will take place Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, and Monday, June 10, 2019 at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.   Burial will be held privately at Rest Haven Cemetery in the Town of Washington. 

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Kathy, Karen & Sharen Daniels June 7, 2019

    To the Rose Family:

    It has been many, many years since we (The Daniels sisters) had wonderful times with Donovan, Faye, Alice and Nancy in the United Methodist Church in Augusta, Wi. We have many special memories of the Methodist Youth Group and the choir within our church. It all started with your mother, Cora, and our Sunday School and Bible School classes. Please know that we will be thinking of your family at this difficult time. Please accept our sincere sympathy .

  2. Brumberg Family June 5, 2019

    The Brumberg Family would like to offer our condolences to the Rose Family on the passing of "Don". Our father Morris always said Don was the best employee he ever had and Don often would be the first person at the bulk plant in the mornings. We all respected and admired Don immensely and enjoyed his company when we were together.

    May the blessings of the lord be with the Rose Family during this difficult time.

    Brumberg Family

  3. Sharon (Grilley) Wittren June 4, 2019

    It is hard to believe over 60 years have sped by since we were witnesses at each other’s wedding. You and Ed were an example of a happy Christian marriage and I’m grateful to have been part of that from the beginning. Your faith will sustain you and your family and friends will support you. Ed and I spent some time together two years ago at our last reunion and I thought, “What a nice man”. You and your family are in my prayers as you grieve your loss but celebrate Ed’s entry into eternal life.

    Your friend forever, Sharon (Grilley) Wittren

  4. Cathy/Mike Baier June 3, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss. We've only known "Ed" for a few years, but he touched our hearts in so many ways. Ed reminded me of my dad as they were both farmers and especially when he gave me his "bear" hugs like my dad gave me. We enjoyed visiting with him at the center and your home listening to his stories.

    May God be close to you now, for strength and comfort---- and may His peace overflow in the days to come.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Cathy & Mike