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Joseph H. Rose

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Date published: 9/14/2013

Joseph H. Rose

Joseph H. Rose, 93, of Falmouth died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Rose was a veteran of World War II, having served with Headquarters Co., 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Texas Division in Italy, Germany, Austria and France. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat.

He was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, and both he and his wife, Gaynelle, taught Sunday school there for several years. He was a member of the Lions Club and also served as a rifle instructor for the NRA. Joe was the first person to receive a mechanical license from the Shannon School of Aeronautics.

He and his wife were both great lovers of big band music, especially Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Joe often said that they had danced a thousand miles to the grand music of Glenn Miller. He believed that the highlight of his dancing was doing the Grandfather's Waltz in The Nutcracker that was performed at Mary Washington College.

Mr. Rose was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Gaynelle Rose; parents Melvin and Nannie Rose; and several siblings. Survivors include two sisters, Barbara R. Bell of Montross and Gloria R. Shearwood (Richard) of Tappahannock; brother Gerald Rose (Ann) of Tappahannock; devoted niece, Carol Embrey of Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Falmouth Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.