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Thurston L. Rose, affectionately known to many as Putt, died Aug. 17, 2017, after a 95-year valiant struggle with the aging process. According to records, he was born Sept. 15, 1921, in rural Clay County, to William and Amelia Rose. Prior to his arrival the family had moved from the coal mines of Kentucky to the brickyards of Indiana and Brazil. Putt left Brazil only one time during his life, and that was provided for by Uncle Sam and World War II. He traveled to England as a member of the Army Air Corps and was always proud of his service to his country.
In 1941 he married the light of his life, his soulmate, Betty M. Howard Rose, and the couple formed a union that lasted until Betty suddenly passed in 2008. They raised four sons Dallas, Dan, Doug and Don, who survive. He was blessed and proud of his family, daughters-in-law, Jane, Wanda, Debbie and Janette; grandchildren, Lee Rose, Libby Receveur, Connie Rose, Billy Rose, Ashley Hayes, Derek Rose, Justin (J.D.) Rose, Stephanie Gardner, Stacie James and Kari Rose; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents; stepmother; sisters, Jessie and Irene; and brother, Bill. He is survived by one sister, Faye Arney of Hobart, Indiana.
He was employed as a mechanic for many years by Froderman's Chevrolet and Olds. He left to open a small shop for himself which he operated until his retirement. He was known as an excellent mechanic and fair person.
Graveside Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Bee Ridge Cemetery, conducted by French Funeral Home, with a nephew, the Rev. David Ferry, officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Englewood Baptist Church, 3118 Washington Ave., Bedford, IN 47421.
If anyone would like to honor Putt in other ways, please do something special with your family. His family was very special to him. A special thanks is being sent to Tina Kavanaugh for being an excellent caregiver and a special friend.
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Published on August 18, 2017
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