Delmer Ray Rose, 77, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Junction City, Ore. Del was born on March 13, 1939, in Klamath Falls. His parents were Joseph and Marie (Schmeiser) Rose. He graduated from Klamath Union High School. He was the youngest of six children born and raised in Klamath Falls with Donald, Norman, Roger, Georgia and Marlene. He is survived by his brother, Norman of Klamath Falls. He also leaves three sons, Scott, Mark, and Aaron, and six grandchildren, Michael, Kiana, Quinn, Ciela, Carina and Sullivan. Del served in the National Guard and received an honorable discharge. He worked as an architectural hardware consultant and locksmith. He boasted that he provided half of all the hardware to new and remodeled buildings in Eugene and Springfield during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Del loved to build birdhouses. He most recently became nationally known after a thief stole over 40 birdhouses he had built. The local TV news and newspaper ran his story, which was syndicated around the country. He was buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. at the home of Scott. Those wanting to attend are asked to contract Scott or a relative.
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