Max Rose

Posted 1/4/22

KANSAS – Max Leon Rose, 80, of Kansas, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at his daughter’s home surrounded by family after a long, brave battle with cancer.

He was buried in a private …

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Max Rose

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KANSAS – Max Leon Rose, 80, of Kansas, passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at his daughter’s home surrounded by family after a long, brave battle with cancer.

He was buried in a private graveside committal service Thursday, Dec 30, in Fairview Cemetery near Kansas, with the Rev. Fr. John Titus officiating.

Mr. Rose was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Paris, the son of the late Max H. and Anna Rose.

Survivors include his daughter, Kim (Tony) Rose-Coffey of Mattoon; a son, Rob (Kim) Rose of Charleston; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Rose; and a brother, Larry Rose.

Mr. Rose started working at a very young age in the construction/concrete business. He worked on paving the way for Interstate 57 in the late 1950s and then did concrete work on the Assembly Hall in Champaign. He never went into the Assembly Hall after it’s completion, he just knew that all the weight of the concrete for the dome was going to come crashing down at some point.

He also worked on building Carle Hospital. He then started working for Central Illinois Tile Company in Champaign, where he was employed for more than 40 years. He traveled the United States with this company laying drainage pipes along the interstates so water ran off properly.

At one point, Mr. Rose was one of two people in the U.S. that was trained to operate the machine that did all this work. When he retired from Central Illinois Tile, the business was sold because the company couldn’t find anyone to replace him as the machine operator,

Mr. Rose loved the outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, camping,

four-wheeling, riding motorcycles or planting a huge garden, he was always doing something. There really wasn’t anything he could not build or repair, which led to his final passion of rebuilding hot rods and going to all the area car/truck shows.

He loved meeting people, and he really never knew a stranger. He lived a good life and had a great family and many good friends. He never complained about getting sick or feeling sorry for himself. He kept a positive attitude and fought it with everything he had, and in his words, “Hammer Down!”

Mr. Rose’s presence here will be greatly missed, but his memory will live on through his loved ones.