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William Rose

February 20, 1928 - July 3, 2006

ROSE, William L., 78, of Elm Grove,WV, was called home on Monday, July 3, 2006, surrounded by his loving family at the Washington Hospital, Washington PA, after an extended illness.
Born in Wheeling WV, on February 20, 1928, William was the son of the late William L. and Gertrude Leithe Rose. William was the beloved husband of Jean Stefani Rose, to whom he was married for 56 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: David and Susan Rose of Pelham NY; Scott and Suzanne Rose of Wheeling; and Janet “GiGi” Rose of Nashville, TN; grandchildren: Lila and Will Gerald, Katelyn Rose, Barbara Robbins, Mark Robbins, and Nicholas Harrison; his brother, Benjamin L. Rose of Wheeling; and sisters, Helen Roberts of Fairmont WV; and Jean Rose of Dumont NJ. He is also survived by his sister in law, Ann Dittrich of Wheeling; nieces and nephews: Tom and Stephanie LaFlam and Charles Dittrich; and many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his brother Moss Rose, his sister, Alice L. Thompson, and two infant sisters.
He was a 1946 graduate of Linsly Military Institute of Wheeling and a 1949 graduate of the General Motors Institute, Detroit, Michigan. An avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, William was recently honored for over 50 years of service to the organization. As a leader on the BSA, he received the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Distinguished Commissioner Award, and was the Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow and Program Head for Commissioner’s College, Ripley WV. Proud of his German heritage, William was also a member of the Black Eagle Lodge, Munich, Germany. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Masonic Lodge Nelson #30, Elm Grove Lions Club, North American Vexillological Society, US Naval Institute (Annapolis MD), Wilderness Rangers of WV, the Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Organization. He was honored to receive the Great Seal of West Virginia from A.J. Manchin.
William was the retired owner of A-1 Appraisal Service, Wheeling. After his retirement, he was also employed by Christopher’s Cafeteria and as a tour guide for the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum in Elm Grove. Also known as Wheeling’s own “Benjamin Franklin”, he often dressed in costume to delight local youngsters, scouts, and visitors to the museum. His large collection of flags was often displayed at Scouting events and at the museum. William was fondly remembered by his family as the designer of the “Chambers Avenue Bottleneck”. He also enjoyed bird watching and collecting stamps and coins.
Friends will be received at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm where services will be held on Thursday at 1:30 pm with Rev. Ed Thurmond officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Wheeling WV. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1221A Ohio Ave., Dunbar WV 25064. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com.


Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Time: 2:00 pm

End Time: 4:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove

154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003


Time: 7:00 pm

End Time: 9:00 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove

154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003


Service Information

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006

Time: 1:30 pm

Location:

Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove

154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003


Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2006

Location:

Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling

National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003


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