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Ovid Rose

Services for Ovid Rose of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Interment will be conducted at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City.

Mr. Rose died Saturday, Oct. 5, at home. He was 92.

He was born March 21, 1910, in Minneapolis to Maurice and Anna (Siegler) Rose. He graduated from Princeton University in 1933, and received his law degree from Harvard University in 1937.



He married Esther Feinberg in 1937, and they lived in Los Angeles, where he practiced law. He served as a second lieutenant in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was an attorney for the state of California for more than 25 years, specializing in workers’ compensation.

He was a referee or judge of the Workers’ Compensation Court. In 1970, Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him a commissioner on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, a position he held until his retirement in 1975.




After the death of Esther, he married Fern DeSoto. They lived in Kensington before moving to Nevada County. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a past president of the American Legion. He enjoyed playing tennis, dancing and golf.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Fern D. Rose of Grass Valley; sons Rodney Rose of Calabasas and Victor Rose of West Hills; daughter, Abby McClelland of Billings, Mont.; stepdaughter, Susan Bonacci of Auburn; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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