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CHARLES ROSE

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RoseAugust 7, 1924 - April 15, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Charles Raymond Rose died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 89. He was born in McKinney, TX, on August 7, 1924, to Rufus and Nellie Lou Rose, and was the youngest of 5 children. He spent time working in the family grocery store, picking cotton in the hot Texas sun, and running around causing trouble with his siblings.He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a Sgt. in WWII and fought in several battles in France, Italy, and North Africa in the 825th Bombardment Squadron as a marksman. Charles was honorably discharged from the Army on November 25, 1945 and he returned home to Texas. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Oklahoma City to be near his family who had moved there during the war. He finished his high school education that year, and met the love of his life, Jo Ann Rowlett, and they were married in May of 1949.He continued his education, attending law school at Oklahoma City University. While still in school, he worked as a shoe salesman, ambulance driver, and a funeral director. After graduating in 1953, he practiced law specializing in the insurance and banking industries. Charles and Jo Ann had three children together, and lived a happy life full of travels, fishing, cookouts and large holiday celebrations. They later welcomed 4 grandchildren and a great-grandchild into the world. His family was Charles' greatest source of pride. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann in 2007, son, Bill in 1975, and daughter, Karen in 2006. He leaves behind daughter, Jan, granddaughters, Jill, Jenny, and Amy, grandson, Zakariah, and great-granddaughters, Emily, Rylie and Jenna, as well as other family members, Jimmy, Josh and Adam.He was very fond of his neighbors and friends, and was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Myrtle Lodge in Oklahoma City.Charles was a deeply spiritual man, and he often imparted his wisdom to others. He was never afraid to give his opinion, ask questions, or tell people he loved them. He was brave and strong, and a protector of all. He was very proud of his service to our country, but never considered himself a hero. But he was a hero to every single person who knew and loved him. We'll miss you, Grampy!Services will be held Saturday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home, 3925 N. Asbury in Bethany, OK. The family would like to invite guests to join them at a celebration afterward. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the .

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 17, 2014
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