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CODY, Wyo. - William G. Rose, of Cody, died at home Jan. 13, 2009.

Bill was born in Elk Basin on Dec. 11, 1925, to Hugh and Lenore Rose.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Philippine Islands, attached to the 29th Engineer Base Topographic Battalion, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. His assignments there included cartography and working on classified topographical maps from aerial photographs.

Upon returning to Billings, he attended Eastern Montana College, and was employed by the City Engineers' Office and subsequently two architectural firms.

On Nov. 22, 1948, he married Marjorie Hanna. Together, they raised three children. He was a self-taught bagpiper and established the Billings Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band. In the summer of 2008, he was named Honorary Chieftain at the First Annual Scottish Highland Games in Billings. His love of the outdoors led him to walk the hills of Montana and Wyoming, a man who made the most of the time God gave him. He was an advocate for social justice and protector of the environment.

In the 1970s, he was adopted into the Crow Tribe, and participated in a Sundance Ceremony. In 2002, he was granted the Crow name DAASHE BIILASH (Fire in His Heart). This name was bestowed upon him in a ceremony at the BBHC by his good friend Joseph Medicine Crow, elder of the Crow Nation.

Bill was a talented architect, watercolorist, scratch model builder, writer, woodcarver and photographer. He was a member of the Masonic Shoshone Lodge #21, and, with the help of longtime friends Ernie Goppert and Wayne Messenger, was inducted into the Royal Order of Scotland. He was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Billings, the VFW and the Montana Institute of the Arts.

Bill will be remembered not only by his family, but by all those who were fortunate to know him.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; son William Grant of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico; daughters Robin (Cliff) Ayres of Cody, Mary (Mike) Waudby of Ballantine; four grandchildren, a brother, L. H. Rose of Oregon; a sister, Myrna Hay of Cody; brother-in-law Dr. James (Pat) Hanna of Billings; stepmother Juanita Rose; and brothers Aaron Rose and Bud Rose, all of Cody; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Richard Hay.

Cremation has taken place and in accordance with his wishes, no services are planned.

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