September 3, 1942 to May 4, 2015
John E. “Sunny” Rose, Jr., 72, of Millersville passed away on May 4, 2015. Sunny was born on September 3, 1942 in Baltimore. He grew up on a farm in Odenton, MD and had a life-long love of gardening. Sunny was a Letter Carrier and Supervisor for the US Postal Service for 42 years. He was a Life Member of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, joining on Nov. 12, 1963 and served many terms as a line officer, board member and on numerous committees. He began his employment with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute on Jan. 27, 1977 and taught countless classes and coached and mentored many aspiring instructors over the years. Sunny was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and was also inducted into the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Sunny also received many awards and citations throughout his many years of service.
Sunny is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Karla Rose; his devoted children, John E. Rose, III and his wife, Tara and Brian C. Rose; his grandchildren, Jacob A. and Karly E. Rose; his brothers, William P. Rose, Sr. and his wife, Linda and Robert L. Rose and his wife, Pat. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, 1425 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, MD 21113 on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2 PM. A time for visitation and fellowship will follow the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Odenton Vol. Fire Company. The doors will open at 1:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
OVFC members are requested to wear Class A or best available uniform.