Franklin “Doc” LaRose, Jr., age 63, of Cass Lake, began his spiritual journey on Friday, March 29, 2019 in Grand Rapids. He was born in Cass Lake on August 13, 1955 the son of Franklin and Delores LaRose.
Doc met the love of his life, Cheryl in 1989 and they were married in March of 2011. He was a strong advocate for Indian rights. Doc knew and understood the treaties and sovereignty rights of the MN Chippewa Constitution inside and out. He used this to help other people to understand their rights. Doc enjoyed the traditional activities in life which included, hunting, harvesting, ricing, fishing, netting, and sugar bushing for Maple syrup. He was a legal aid for native rights and later supervisor for the TEP program on the Wood Crew. Doc enjoyed his sports which included boxing, baseball, and football. He was a huge Minnesota sports fan. Doc strongly believed in the good of everyone and he never had a bad thing to say about anyone.
The family that Doc joins again are his wife; Cheryl, parents; Franklin and Delores, grandparents, sister; Roxanne LaRose, children; Tammy and Pierre, grandson; Mahnomen White, and nephew; Daniel Wilson.
Those he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his sons; Adrian “Guy” White and Jamie Aubid, daughter; Juanita (Clayton) Oothoudt, brothers; Timmy, John and Larry, sister; Paula, special sister; Carol Blue and Lori “Queenie” Gellings, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A wake for Doc will begin at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019 and will continue until the 1:00 p.m. traditional service on Tuesday, April 2, all held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake. Spiritual advisor will be Ron Winters. Active pallbearers will be Clayton Oothoudt, Frank Raisch, Tony LaRose, Chauncey Oothoudt, Raven White, and Rogers Davis, Jr. Alternate pallbearers will be Edmund Williams, Jr., and Joseph Briski. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Hanson, Tuffy Fisher, Archie LaRose, Michael LaRose, Michelle LaRose, Darron Wilson-LaRose, Doug and Gerald Butcher, Jeremy Jones, Frank LaRose, Sr., Mish and Winter Cloud and the TEP Wood Crew. Interment will be held in the LaRose family burial grounds in Cass Lake following the service.
Doc’s care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at www.northerpeace.com