Wayne Ross Rosenlof

February 27, 1946November 26, 2019

Wayne Ross Rosenlof was born in Portland, Oregon on February 27, 1946. He spent his childhood years in NE Portland, graduating from Grant High School where he formed many lifelong friendships and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Wayne served in the Oregon National Guard and then began his career as a home painter which led to a successful house flipping business. From there, Wayne founded his residential construction company, Rosenlof Construction Co. During his 40+ year career, he built over 50 custom homes and remodeled countless others.

On February 6, 1971, Wayne married Janis Johnson. Together they raised two daughters, Erin and Jodi, and enjoyed their years on the beautiful acreage and home built by Wayne on the Tualatin River in West Linn, Oregon.

Wayne’s favorite place in the world was on the seat of his Kubota tractor tending to his property. He had a knack for building strong friendships and loved providing opportunities for people to connect over the regular bonfire parties he hosted alongside the river.

Later in life as his health declined, Wayne’s strong ties to his friends endured as he enjoyed regular visits from many high school friends on any given Friday. As his condition progressed, he showed exceptional strength and grace, sharing a smile with all who came to visit.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents Kenneth E. Rosenlof and Flo Ross Rosenlof and siblings K. David Rosenlof, Janet Bernhisel and Jon Rosenlof. He is survived by his wife of over 48 years Janis, and their children Erin Grodem, (Wade) Jodi Clark, (Andrew) and three grandsons, Grant Grodem, Andrew Grodem and Silas Clark.

Wayne passed away peacefully on November 26th, 2019 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Sunday, December 8th, 2pm at Clackamas Community College’s Gregory Forum. In honor of Wayne’s love for the river, the family asks in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to the Tualatin Riverkeepers not-for-profit organization.


8 December

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Clackamas County College's Gregory Forum

7738 SE Harmony Rd.
Milwaukie, OR 97222


Wayne Ross Rosenlof

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Bob Repp

December 5, 2019

I graduated from Grant High with Wayne but really saw the good heart and resolve he had only years later when I lived in West Linn. I came by his place with my twin daughters and wife and he couldn’t have been more hospitable and engaging. Later when his health failed, I visited him all too few times. Even in these tough times, Wayne’s heart and value for his life were as strong as ever. I greatly regret that my visits to this true friend were not more often. His upbeat attitude will always inspire and guide me. God bless you Wayne, Until we get to meet again. Bob Repp

Glenda Peterson

December 3, 2019

I'm so sad to hear about Wayne's passing. He was a great friend, client, MS buddy, and the best builder in the Northwest. After my husband passed away in Sisters, I moved back to Oregon City and Wayne built my house in 1999. I have lived here every since. Being an Escrow Officer and closed properties for Wayne, he was the only builder that NO ONE had complained about. After he was diagnosed with MS, I let him know that I was diagnosed in 1977 with the same ugly disease. I was on a vitamin program and I offered it to him, but he declined faster than I hoped. Rest in peace Wayne and Janis, please know my thoughts are with you and your family.