The Curry Coastal Pilot

Maj. Alvin J. Rosengren, USAF, retired

July 21, 1918andndash;Aug. 20, 2013

Maj. Alvin J. Rosengren, USAF, retired, of Smith River, Calif., passed away Aug. 20, 2013, at a care facility in Brookings. He was 95.

Alvin was born July 21, 1918, in Watertown, Minn., one of nine children to Axel and Augusta (Vogt) Rosengren. He grew up there, in Paynesville and in St. Paul, Minn. Following high school, Alvin attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in journalism.

The U.S. entered World War II while he was in school, so Alvin put his studies on hold and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II in the European and Pacific theaters. Alvin served two enlistments in the Army Air Corps before it was renamed the U.S. Air Force. He would serve a total of 23 1/2 years in the military when he retired as a major in 1964. Alvin was very proud that, during his military career, he served as a security escort for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

After military retirement, Alvin worked in hospital administration in Great Falls, Mont.

He married Rosemary Knight in 1962; they moved to Smith River in 1969.

Alvin served as the initial administrator for Curry Good Samaritan Center in Brookings, as the administrator for Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach and later, as the director of Business Services for Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. Alvin also served as the executive director for the Del Norte Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoyed poetry, cooking and traveling - including time spent in England and Japan.

Alvin was a generous, kind, loyal and loving husband and father and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife Rosemary of Smith River; daughter and son-in-law Pam and Jim Tofflemire of North Bend; sister Elvera "Bee" Davis of Phoenix, Ariz.

Alvin was preceded in death by his grandson Phillip Tofflemire in 2006; brothers Elmer, Walter, Leroy, Ralph and Jimmy; sisters Evelyn and Gladys.

A private interment with full military honors was held at the Smith River Cemetery.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.