Earl Daniel Rose, “Denny”, age 87, of Conway, formerly of Alpena and Millersburg, died on Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017 at his daughter’s adult foster care home, Kelly Kares, in Alpena. The son of Frank and Lillian (DeRosia) Rose, Denny was born on Dec. 23, 1929 and raised in Millersburg. He married Elaine “Kay” Milbocker on Oct. 26, 1957 in Millersburg and they made their home and raised their family in Alpena.

Denny worked for many years as a truck driver for Mulvena Trucking of Alpena. Eventually, he and Kay moved to Conway where they have lived for nearly 20 years. Denny loved the outdoors; he enjoyed deer hunting, gardening, and camping. His passion was working in the garden, growing vegetables, with more than enough to share with family, friends, and neighbors. He was extremely proud of his strawberry patch and loved when it was time for Kay and him to pick the sweet red berries.

Denny’s other passion was his family. He was a loving husband, an excellent father, and a wonderful grandfather. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart; it was not uncommon for Denny to pull out his wallet full of pictures, while he beamed with pride, as he talked about each grandchild. His family has cherished memories of camping trips to Black Lake and Clear Lake. The family camping trip was a tradition enjoyed by Denny and Kay with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It was something they looked forward to every summer with plenty of memories, good times, and a lot of laughter. Denny’s sense of humor, his fun-loving way, and his love for his family will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Surviving Denny is his wife of 60 years, Kay Rose of Conway; daughter, Kelly (Gordon) Kuhna of Alpena; and two sons, Rocky (Michelle) Rose of Durand and James (Kelly) Rose of Indian River. Denny also leaves the 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren he adored. Preceding Denny in death were his daughter, Carrie Craner (2006); son-in-law, Joel Craner; four brothers; and four sisters.

Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Denny’s final resting place will be in Millersburg at Riverside Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Denny to Hospice of Michigan – North East Region. Condolences may be shared with Denny’s family at http://www.chagnonfh.com, www.chagnonfh.com.