Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at First Lutheran Church, for Wallace “Wally” Rose, 88, who died Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Heart of America Medical Center Long Term Care, where he had been a resident the past seven months.
Burial was in Persilla Watts Cemetery.
Wally was born June 21, 1921, at home in Finnegan Township, Rolette County, a son of William and Julia (Halvorson) Rose. He was raised in the rural Rolette home of his parents and received his education in a Finnegan Township country school. He worked on the family farm until he was old enough to leave, and then went to Saginaw, Mich., to work in the shipyards. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the African and European Theaters during WWII in the communications field. He was honorably discharged in 1946, and returned to North Dakota. He married Loraine Jorgenson on June 22, 1947, at the home of her parents near Pleasant Lake. The couple made their home in Rolette for three years, then moved to Willow City where they purchased the International-Harvester Implement dealership. In 1951, they purchased a farm near Willow City, which he farmed until retiring in 1973. In 1974, the couple moved into Willow City. In 2008, he made his home at the Southview Estates assisted care home in Rugby.
He was a member of the Lyle B. Rich American Legion Post #112 in Willow City, and the former Masonic Lodge in Dunseith.
He is survived by his wife, Loraine of Willow City; three sons, James of Wichita, Kan., Jerry of Minneapolis, and Jay of Willow City; three grandchildren; four nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, W. Myron, Hank and Fred; several half-brothers and sisters; and his parents.
Pastor Mike Pretzer and Rev. Phil Leer officiated. Music was provided by Nancy Silliman, soloist, and Pam Anderson, organist.
Casketbearers were Jerry Rose, Justin Rose, Jay Rose, Bill Rose, Kory Jorgenson and Darrel Schneibel.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.
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