Richard Marshall Rose

richard rose

March 19, 1946 ~ July 23, 2022

Born in: Inglewood, CA
Resided in: Torrance, CA

Richard Marshall Rose was born in Inglewood on March 19, 1946 to Claude

and Juanita Rose.  The family moved to Redondo Beach a few years later

where he was raised with older brothers Dennis and Robert.  Rick attended

Beryl, Hillcrest and then Redondo Union High School where he pulled lots of

pranks when not surfing or playing football.  After graduating in 1963, he went

on to El Camino College.  It was one summer night at the local hotdog hangout

that he met his future wife, Susanne Pina of Hermosa Beach.  Convincing her to

go out on a date with him, they never left each other’s side for 57 years. They

married at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in January 1965.  That union

brought them three wonderful children, Jean-Paul (Lily Schvchenko) of Torrance,

Mark (Melanie Farrell) of Torrance and Alejandra (Mike Fritz) of Huntington

Beach.  They were all so loved by him.


Rick entered the engineering field at 18 years old and that career spanning 35 years

took him to most aerospace facilities including Hughes Aircraft, Singer Librascope,

Northrup Grumman, Boeing in Everett, Washington and finally to Boeing, Long

Beach.  Rick made many lifelong friendships with his engineering coworkers.


After a relationship with a Los Angeles adoption agency in the 90’s, Rick and Susie

were asked by the agency to be parent group leaders for potential adoptive families.

For over fifteen  years, that parent support group, Parents and Children Together,

helped many navigate the system and form their family.  Further, that parent support

group’s core families formed the nonprofit Adoption Information Center.  In 1999,

he joined Susie at Adoption Information Center where, as an Adoption Coordinator,

he took great pride in helping birthmothers who were placing their babies for adoption

connecting them with waiting adoptive families.  More than 400 families were made

with his help.


Rick had a generous heart.  He never said no to anyone who needed a place to stay or

a meal to be eaten.  He was always by Susie’s side when they conducted their annual

Thanksgiving Basket distribution for the needy birthmothers they knew or collecting

hundreds of gifts during the holidays for the foster children of Los Angeles county.


Although Rick was not Latin, he married into a large South Bay Mexican family that

loved him dearly and were just as willing to have a good time like he did.   His love for

sports and the Los Angeles Rams was shared with his children and extended family.

He would shout “Go Rammers” even if the Dodgers or Lakers were playing.  He loved

the theatre taking all of his children to every play possible “front row and center.”  Rick

loved history and would talk about “the wars” for hours if you let  him, rock and roll,

British cars, antiques, rare books and Aunt Sara’s chili rellenos (and Helen’s after Aunt

Sara passed away).  He loved the South Bay and never wanted to move anywhere else.

He only had a three year stint in Washington at Boeing and happily returned to the South

Bay never to leave. again.


Rick leaves Susie, JP and Lily, Mark and Melanie, Alejandra and Mike, Dennis’ (dec.) wife,

Ginger, and their family, many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, friends and colleagues.


God speed, Rick, we will remember you with a smile on our faces.


Funeral Services                                        

Richard M. Rose         



August 19, 2022

Lighthouse Mortuary

5310 Torrance Blvd.

Torrance  90503


4.00 p.m.



5:00 p.m.



6:00 p.m.



August 20, 2022

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

1292 West Santa Cruz Street

San Pedro 90732


10:00 a.m.



After Mass, we will go by Procession to:


Holy Cross Cemetery

5835 Slauson Blvd.

Culver City  90230 


1:00 p.m.

Lunch Reception

Culver City Elk’s Club

11160 Washington Place

Culver City  90232


Visitation: August 19, 2022 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


Rosary Service: August 19, 2022 5:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - Rice Center
5310 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503


Service: August 20, 2022 10:00 am

Holy Trinity
1292 W. Santa Cruz St.
San Pedro, CA 90732


Graveside Service: August 20, 2022 12:00 pm

Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230


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  1. candle 4Our deepest condolences to Aunt Susie and my cousins. Paul and I are so sorry to hear of Uncle Rick’s passing. He was such a fun and generous person to be around. Paul and I have so many great memories of Uncle Rick. He will never be forgotten. The one memory that came to mind when I first heard of his passing was all the birthday parties he attended when we were just kids. Uncle Rick never forgot to stick his finger in the birthday cake before it was time to blow out the candles. All us cousins and my sisters would yell at him. He would just walk away laughing. I love you Uncle Rick you will be missed. All my love to Aunt Susie and my cousins. God Bless you. !

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