Jack Rose 1931 - 2010 Lawrence
Memorial services for Jack Rose, 78, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Private burial will precede the services at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
Mr. Rose died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Lawrence, the son of Leslie Howard and Dorothy Christy Rose.
Mr. Rose was a graduate of Kansas University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He attended KU on an ROTC scholarship and later served in the U.S. Navy for three years during the Korean War.
He formerly worked as the business manager for the chemistry department at KU. He retired in 1993 after working there for 30 years.
Mr. Rose was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence. He served two terms on the Lawrence City Commission, as well as mayor for one term. He served as a board member for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Hearthstone and DCCCA in Lawrence. He was a former member of the Lawrence Breakfast Cosmopolitan Club.
He became a dedicated jogger in his middle years and ran daily with the Alvamar Jogging Group. He enjoyed auto mechanics and converted a Volkswagen to run on batteries in the 1970s and later restored a 1931 Ford truck with an iconic broom in the back. While restoring the Ford, he started experimenting with lost wax casting. He assembled a complete in-home ironworks shop and created a foundry in a friend’s corn crib, where he poured assorted Jayhawk and other regional memorabilia. He was most proud of his work preparing the mold for and finishing the 6-foot bronze cross that stands outside the Topeka Salvation Army building.
He married Martha Lawrence on Sept. 1, 1954, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include two daughters, Virginia Rose Blum and husband Daniel, of Silver Spring, Md., and Leslie Rose, of San Bruno, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Lee Rose, of San Francisco; a brother, Jim Rose, of Lawrence; and two grandsons, Jack and Scott Blum.
The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association or to the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.