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Spring Valley Cemetery ~ Christopher William Rose ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Rose, Christopher William
BORN: 24 Feb 1983 DIED: 28 Jul 1996 BURIED:  (Spring Valley Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  New Castle, Lawrence Co, Pennsylvnaia
DEATH PLACE: Marion Co., Oregon

OSBH DC (Marion County 1996) #96-16533


Many offer help to family of brothers who drowned.
Donors provide clothing, cash and funeral services for the Salem boys.
By Rhonda Parker, The Statesman Journal
People saddened by the weekend drownings of two young brothers have donated cash, clothing, appliances and even cemetery plots to the grieving family.
Richard Rose, 12, and Christopher Rose, 11, were the oldest of sic children of Richard and Donna Rose of Salem. The boys were pulled unconscious from the lake at Cascades Gateway Park shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Roses had lived in Salem only since December and already were coping with Dona Rose’s terminal cancer. Even before their sons drowned, the family was being helped by Child Health Initiative, a program that helps provide health care and other services to low-income families.
“We’ve spent a lot of time with the family,” said Eleanor Miller, director of Child Health Initiative.
Now, Miller is helping coordinate and outpouring of goodwill from merchants and area residents who want to help the family.
Keizer Chapel donated the funeral services, including the coffins. Miller herself paid for cemetery plots at Spring Valley Cemetery.
Kelly’s Home Center, along with other donors, gave a washer and dryer.
Kraig Kelly of Kelly’s Home Center said the business was happy to help.
“It was something we felt was the right thing to do,” Kelley said.
Debra Dean, who was house-sitting for the Roses on Tuesday, said the community support has been wonderful. But she said the family still needs beds for their four younger children.
“They are sleeping on floors at this point,” Dean said. “They could use four twin beds.”
Many people have donated money, Miller said, including teachers from Grant Elementary School, where Richard and Christopher attended last year.
A woman from Vancouver, Wash., will pay for the brothers’ burial clothing and has offered to buy clothes for other family members.
The boys’ funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday at the church, 570 Madison St. NE.
Richard and Christopher, their younger brother and three younger sisters had gone swimming with family friend Eva Brother and her two grandchildren.
Brother said she turned her attention from the boys briefly and then realized they were in trouble.
She said she attempted to pull them from the lake, but couldn’t.
A man got the two boys out of the water, and people at the lake tried to perform CPR, but the children could not be revived.
Neither Christopher nor Richard could swim.
According to the initial police report, the boys were about 40 to 50 feet from shore when they began to struggle in the water.
The report said Christopher and Richard were dead on arrival at Salem Hospital.
Emergency room doctors “revived the hearts and breathing of both boys,” the report said, although at that point they were considered brain-dead.
Christopher was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m., Sunday.
His brother, who had been flown to University Hospital in Portland, died there at 2:27 p.m. Sunday.
[newspaper clipping from the Statesman Journal, not dated]


Christopher William Rose, Feb 21, 1985-July 28, 1996

Richard W. Rose III, 12, and Christopher W. Rose, 11, both of Salem, died Sunday. They were born in New Castle, Pa, and moved with their family to the Salem area eight months ago. They were students at Grant Elementary School and members of the Boy scouts and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salem First Ward. Richard’s hobbies included collecting art and comic memorabilia and playing soccer. Christopher loved to read and participate in various sports, especially baseball. Survivors include their parents, Richard Wayne Jr and Donna Rose of Salem; brother, David, and sisters, Rebecca, Autumn and Amanda Rose, all of Salem; and grandparents. Visiting will be 10 to 11 am Friday at the church, and services will be 11 am Friday at the church. Interment will be at Spring Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are by Keizer mortuary. Contributions: Rose Memorial Fund at any US National Bank in Keizer or Salem.

Unidentified obituary, PCHS


Christopher William Rose
February 24, 1983 - July 28, 1996
[shares marker with Donna and Richard]
John 11:25
I am the resurrection and the life
he that believeth in me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live.
Alma 11:42
Now, there is a death which is called a
temporal death; and the death of Christ
shall loose the bands of this temporal death,
that all shall be raised from this temporal death.


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ROW: V 12 A2  

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