Werner Rosenbaum, Jr. 73
June 20, 1948 - July 20, 2021
Talented - Knowledgeable - Mentor - Creative
POCATELLO - The river of life took Werner on many an adventure, but by the grace of our Lord He has opened his arms wide for Werner to now partake in the grandeur of His glory, the ultimate journey.
Known throughout the community as a loyal supporter of Idaho State University athletics, Werner served as a Bengal Foundation President. He never missed an opportunity to show his support, be it tailgating, booster club fund raisers, or travelling to away games in his finest orange and black with other boosters as well as the teams and coaches. As a young man he played soccer on a traveling team with his dad and brother, later enjoying football. He was an avid golfer, a sport for which he received his nickname "Boomer," recognizing the amazing distance he could drive the golf ball. He also enjoyed playing tennis, racketball, and volleyball. There was always a seat and a cup of coffee or glass of cold Miller Lite waiting for him at the Press Box so he might debate the pressing sports and local matters of the day. Perhaps his favorite activity, though, was white-water rafting, with annual trips down the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon River as well as Memorial Day excursions near Stanley, ID. With a keen eye and sharp mind, he soon developed the skills to "read" the rapids and progressed from passenger to oarsman of his own raft, quickly becoming known as a master of these waters.
Werner was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1948 and immigrated to the United States with his parents, Werner, Sr. and Alide, and brother Dirk in 1951. Having spent his third birthday aboard the ship crossing the Atlantic, the family made their way to American Falls to settle with the Tiedes, relatives of Alide who had sponsored them. His sister, Debbie, was later born, and Werner never tired of reminding her that, as her senior of 10 years, he was the wiser of the two. Even as an adult, Werner enjoyed visiting his American Falls relatives, spending Sunday afternoons in conversation, much to the dismay of his new bride, Deanna, who didn't understand a word of German.
It was while working as an auto mechanic that Werner met Deanna. Married August 31st, 1968, they moved to Great Falls, MT, for work opportunities and then to Spokane, WA, where in 1975 they had their first child Crystal. Soon after they moved back to Pocatello. A second daughter, Stacy, was born in 1979. It is during this period that Werner transitioned into real estate. He retired as the Designated Broker for Re/Max after over 40 years in the business. Many a colleague and client benefited from his knowledge and expertise.
Cruising became a passion where Werner and Deanna made many memories together, from Alaska to Mexico, Hawaii, and the Panama Canal. In his later years when these activities were no longer feasible, Werner found the utmost joy in his family. His grandchildren, Jarren, Maleah, and Larisa, were the apple of his eye. He would always go to great lengths to please them or teach them something new. He delighted them with race car bunnies made out of Twinkies at Easter and provided guidance on how to make the ultimate deviled eggs, as he was a talented chef who had always enjoyed cooking for his family. In his lighthearted way, he never missed a chance to utter the reminder, "I love a parade." He looked forward to and attended all of their many events, but never let them forget who was the master when it came to evening Dominoes tournaments on the patio. His grandchildren, as well as daughter Crystal, were constant figures in his daily life, providing support and laughter for both him and Deanna.
Werner was a lifelong Christian with a deep love of Christ. He was delighted that he and his family were part of the Grace Lutheran Church family.
On July 20, 2021, Christ called Werner home, just shy of 53 years of marriage to his loving wife Deanna, who never wavered in her dedication to him. He is also survived by his children Crystal Iverson and Stacy (Jared) Rosenbaum-Weeks; grandchildren Jarren, Maleah, and Larisa Iverson; siblings Dirk (Christine) Rosenbaum and Debbie (Rick) Eskelson; sister-in-law Eleanor Lish; nieces and nephews Wendy Salvesen, Eric (Lori) Lish, Lori (Mike) Wall, Janel (Michael) Papadakis, Andy (Dani) Rosenbaum, Ben (Ashley) Rosenbaum, and Hilary and Aaron Eskelson.
Service and reception will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, July 31, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Grace Lutheran Church and School.
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