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Donald Larrian La Rose
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Birth: Apr. 10, 1928
Price County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2003
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Alaska, USA

US Navy
World War II

Anchorage Daily News December 5, 2003

Palmer resident Mr. Donald Larrian La Rose, 75, died Nov. 26, 2003, at home of lung cancer with his wife and daughter by his side. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Gospel Outreach Church. The Rev. Mike Curtis will officiate. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Ogan and Charlie Rutledge. Mr. La Rose was born April 10, 1928, in Phillips, Wis., to Henry and Clystia La Rose. He moved to Alaska in 1935 with the group of colonists from Wisconsin who settled the Matanuska Valley. He lived in Palmer and Anchorage. He went to school through eighth grade and "was self-taught in everything," his family said. From 1947 to 1949, he was in the Navy, stationed in San Diego on the USS Besboro and the USS Boxer. He did aerial mapping in Kodiak and Nome. He also worked on the Alaska Railroad as a section foreman from Fairbanks to Seward from 1951 to 1979. In 1964, after the earthquake, he was the foreman requested to repair the Portage, Potter Section House and Turnagain Arm sections of the Alaska Railroad. In the 1940s, he filed for 88 acres of homestead property in the Clark-Wolverine area. He built a cabin by April Creek, 12 miles outside of Palmer. Mr. La Rose received a World War II Victory Medal, a Philippines Independence Medal and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. His interests included photography; music; fishing; swimming; playing the harmonica, accordion and Casio; and pitching horseshoes. His family said: "His determination was a remarkable trait. He took apart electronics, computers and radios and repaired them. He took pride in everything he did. He was a very active person. He kept busy all the time. Everything he owned was kept in excellent condition." He is survived by his wife, Florence La Rose; daughter, Norma Jean Wilson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Rosemary La Rose of Palmer, Floyd and Marjorie La Rose of Anchorage; sister, Virginia Maleski of Wrangell; and many other relatives. Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla. 
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  Henry Clixby LaRose (1900 - 1985)
  Clystia Etta Hill LaRose (1907 - 1995)
Fort Richardson National Cemetery
Fort Richardson
Anchorage Borough
Alaska, USA
Plot: Section FF, Row 2, Site 11
Created by: Teresa L. Watson
Record added: Sep 28, 2005
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