Garry Rose

July 13, 1947 - February 6, 2015

07/13/1947 - 02/06/2015

ROSE, Garry, 67, of McMechen, W.V died Friday, February 6, 2015, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, in the line of duty.
Garry was born July 13, 1947 in Wheeling, a son of the late Theodore and Rhuemma Marshall Rose.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Emma Rose; and four brothers, Elwood, James, Robert and Thomas Rose.
Garry was a retired furnace Operator for Herman Strauss for thirty years, a Catholic by faith whom attended St. James Catholic Church, a 37 year member of the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a Lieutenant and Safety Officer and Trustee, Junior Fire Department Advisor, member of Project Life Saver, Search & Rescue, a member of the first McMechen VFD squad to receive the Stork Award, he served three consecutive terms on the McMechen City Council and served on the Recreation Committee for McMechen, President of the McMechen Softball Association, coached McMechen softball for 20 years, member of the Marshall County Softball Association, member of the P.A.P Club, I.O.L.A and Moundsville Eagles, Special Olympics Volunteer, Volunteer for the Wheeling Soup Kitchen, Trustee for the Belmont Better Hunting/Fishing Club and an important advocate for the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley.
Garry was an amazing man, some say with a heart of gold. He was kind and generous and would give you the shirt off his back. Garry had a great sense of humor-always joking around. He loved his wife “PUNPKIN”, his daughters, family and yes, his Pepsi. Words can not describe how much he loved and adored his grandsons, Ethan, Broc, Logan, Heath and Zane, his
basketball team.
With them he was a kid at heart, teasing them and egging them on to do something they were not supposed to. Garry was always there for them, whether it meant babysitting, sporting events, picking his basketball team up from school or just playing with them. When Garry was not with his immediate family, he was with his extended family, the MVFD or the BBHFC, either at the Fire Station or at his camp.
He was well loved and will be greatly missed by every person who knew him, he is no doubt looking down upon his boys, watching over them and being their guardian angel.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Jeanette Kochalka Rose of McMechen; daughters, Denise Dave Wheeler of Wheeling and Lisa Chad Gast of Moundsville, WV; sister, Betty Charlie Stein of McMechen, W.V.; twin brother, Larry Sharon Rose of GA; five grandsons, Ethan Wheeler, Broc Gast, Logan Wheeler, Heath Gast and Zane Gast and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Friends will be received from noon until 8pm on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where he will be honored with a Fireman’s Service at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 10am at St. James Catholic Church, McMechen, with the Rev. Bekeh Utietiang serving as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Miracle League at 2079 Louisa Ave, Wheeling WV 20003 or to the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department at 811 Marshall Street, McMechen, WV 26040.
Finally, the family would like to express a very special thank you to the McMechen VFD and the city of McMechen for their support, kindness and prayers. Thank you for everything.
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Betty Lowe & Family
8 years ago

Dear Family of Garry Please accept our deepest sympathy of loss of your loved one. Garry was truly a loyal and dedicated firefighter and friend will be deeply missed The Lowe Family

Ellie Bevan and family
8 years ago

Dear Family,

Garry was a wonderful man who will be truly missed. My family will miss the smiles and joy he shared at the miracle league games. Prayers to all of you in your time of sorrow.

Gene & Bev Peeper
8 years ago

Dear Jeanette and Family,

Bev & I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We will always have fond memories of the evenings around the campfire at BBHFC and the good times that we had with you and Garry.


Bev and Gene

Gary and Kathy Helms
8 years ago

Dear Jeanette and Family,

Thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in our prayers. Gary and I just met you and Garry, but I don’t think we have ever seen a kinder face in our whole lives. God Bless you all.

Cynthia Gunto
8 years ago

Dear Jeanette, Lisa and family: So sorry to hear that you lost your love one. May God be with you during this difficult time. Everyone is praying for you.

God Bless!

Cindy Freeman Gunto

Dave & Mae Gill
8 years ago

Dearest Lisa, Chad & boys – lifting you up in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. Remembering all those ballgames & your parents cheering us on. We are here on loan for a short time; although some, it seems, are called home way too soon. God has our lives mapped out before we are ever conceived. May He wrap you all in His loving arms. Give your mom a big hug from us.

Love and God Bless

Judy Smith
8 years ago

Good friend and good neighbor.

Carolyn Sandrick
8 years ago

I am so sorry for the loss you and your family has experienced. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debbie Hercules
8 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Garry was a nice guy and always a ray of sunshine. You could be having a bad day and then talk to him and he’d change your mood. He will be greatly missed. Once again, sorry for your loss.

Barbara Rose
8 years ago

I am so very sorry for your loss. Garry was a great man

Kevin Cecil
8 years ago

I will always have many fond memories. Gary and Janette are truly good people. Gary will never be forgotten! God Bless Gary and his family.

Arlene Hooker
8 years ago

Jeanette and family, so sad to hear of Garrys passing. Will be praying for all. Rest in peace Garry.

Kent Semple
8 years ago

Jeanette and family: I was saddened to hear of Garry’s passing. I appreciated Garry’s kindness towards my mother. He was truly a good neighbor. Mom was saddened to hear about Garry’s passing. Our prayers our with you and your family.

Stacy Leonard
8 years ago

Jeanette….I am so sorry for your loss. Garry was such a good kind man with a huge heart. My parents thought highly of him and you as well. sending all my love and prayers to you and your family <3

Sharon Wolen
8 years ago

Lisa and family, So sorry to learn of your father’s passing. You and yours will be in my thoughts and prayers. God is with you all I am sure. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Jesus stands with the mourners; Jesus wept too.

Jay Knapp
8 years ago


Sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts and sympathy are with you, your mom , and the rest of your dad’s family and many friends. He made this small part of the world a better place than when he got here and will always be remembered for it.

Mike an Debbie Cottrell
8 years ago

May god be with you and your family, Gary will truely be missed. God bless.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
8 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time

May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Garry Rose,give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to many communities. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of….. Fire Fighter, Garry Rose, “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

8 years ago

My sincere condolences to the entire family of Garry. Denny Albaugh

Alicia Myers
8 years ago

Praying for peace & understanding through these difficult days. I am truly blessed to have known such a great guy as I grew up. Always willing & ready to help anyone. He was awesome! Nothing but fun, funny & happy memories. Thank you. ^i^

Mark and Margaret Tucker and Seth
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Garry was a wonderful man who loved his family and his community. He lived life to the fullest.

Lisa and Don Stillwell
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Brenda Crow
8 years ago

So sorry, Lisa. It’s obvious he lived a good life and was loved by all who knew him. God bless.

Cheryl McCombs
8 years ago

There are no words to adequately convey my heartfelt sorrow on your loss. I’m sending prayers and hugs that you get thru these days. God will be with you.

mary roso
8 years ago

Very sorry for your loss he was a good friend will be missed very much

Richard DeBeni
8 years ago

We will him a lot rip