Michael Allen Rose

Michael Allen Rose, 68, of Vassar, Michigan – a beloved husband, father, teacher, and servant – died while visiting his happy place at a family cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan, May 29, 2022.  

His last trip began with a happy heart because of his rapid recovery from knee replacement surgery. He went out on a high note, with dignity, joy, and a wonderful legacy of being a kind, loving, generous, talented, and a joy-giving man who loved God and his family with all his heart. 

Michael was born on August 14, 1953, to Jack and Peggy Rose in St. Joseph, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where he obtained a Master’s degree in Art Education and also met the love of his life, Amy Smith. They were married on March 17, 1979, and built a beautiful life together, serving God and many others over the years.  

Michael worked as an elementary school Art teacher at Vassar Public Schools for many years. His joy, enthusiasm, singing, and sense of humor made him beloved and well-remembered by his students and colleagues. He also coached basketball and volleyball, and was a necessary fixture at all theater productions due to his resounding and ready signature laugh.

Michael was unendingly proud of his children, Sera and Corbin, and of his wife, Amy, and always tried his best to support and encourage them.

Among many things that brought him joy were art, music, giving anonymous gifts, serving others, and God’s way of life. Michael would burst into song or create a beautiful calligraphy or drawing at the drop of a hat. Or he would drive to the ends of the earth for 7 kinds of juice if someone mentioned they were thirsty. But above all, he was dedicated to learning and living what he read in his Bible.

He loved looking at beautiful pictures and listening to beautiful music, but he also loved to create them both. Always willing to tackle projects around the house and yard, he made the world a more beautiful place with all that he did. His creativity extended to storytelling as well – as any who are familiar with him will remember. Even if it was the 47th time you were hearing a story, you had to smile at his delivery!

Living on in his legacy are his wife, Amy; children, Sera (and Stan) Grabowski and Corbin (and Kur) Rose; and his sister, Pamela (and Ed) Maslak.

He finished his earthly race having fought the good fight, having kept the faith, and having been assured of God’s promises.

A memorial service, to celebrate Michael’s full life, will be conducted at 2:30 PM, Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the United Church of God, 4043 Coldwater Road, Flint, MI 48504. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

If you are not able to attend in person, you are welcome to sign the virtual guestbook, and watch a webcast of the service using this link: https://www.ucg.org/congregations/flint-mi/webcast

In lieu of sending flowers, friends and family are welcome to make a donation in his honor to the United Church of God AIA. Funds can be sent to: c/o Amy Rose, United Church of God, PO Box 1797, Brighton, MI 48116.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements.