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WILLIAM RICHARD "BILL" ROSE

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William Richard "Bill" Rose William Richard "Bill" Rose passed away Friday, April 9, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn., after suffering a heart attack near his home on Marco Island, Fla. Bill was CEO of Rose Packing Company, a meat processing company located in Chicago, founded by his grandfather, Louis A. Rose. He was president of W.R. Rose & Co., president of Ashland Cold Storage Company, a freezer facility in Chicago, owner of Millrose Restaurant, Banquets and Country Store in South Barrington and Rose Marco River Marina on Marco Island, Fla. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of Masonic Lodge AF&AM in Barrington, as well as a member and one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church of Barrington, Ill. He was proud of his Scottish heritage and was a benefactor to the Clan Rose estate in Kilravock, Inverness, Scotland. Bill Rose was born in Corry, Pa., Feb. 20, 1927, and grew up in the Chicago area. He graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and attended Michigan College of Mining and Technology in the Upper Peninsula. He had a lifelong love of flying, holding a current commercial pilot's license and ratings for single-and multi-engine aircraft, land and sea, and helicopter. He was a proud member of EAA Chapter 790, attending Oshkosh air shows for more than 25 years with his many flying friends, Rose's Raiders. In 1957, Mr. Rose helped found the Village of South Barrington, as he was fond of saying, "on his kitchen table," and was a member of the first South Barrington Police Force. He was a philanthropist of great generosity for South Barrington, Marco Island and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Mr. Rose was preceded in death by his father, William A. Rose and his mother, Adalyn Rose (nee Clinkenbeard). Mr. Rose and his first wife, Barbara (nee Blanchard), deceased, were the parents of three children, Peter William (Zofia), Susan (Henry James) Vandenbergh and Michael Charles, who survive him. Mr. Rose is survived by his wife, Myrtle Anne; and nine grandchildren, Lorna Adalyn (Nathan) Rose Hahn, Louis Raymond Rose, Stuart Blanchard Rose, Spencer Basse Rose, Peter Daniel (Emily) Rose, Paul William (Christi) Rose, Patrick Joseph Rose, Mark James (Amy) Vandenbergh and Erik William (Amanda) Vandenbergh. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Emilia Susan Vandenbergh, Benjamin Mark Vandenbergh and Preston Booth Vandenbergh. Bill Rose dreamed many dreams and made them come true. He is now flying free. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 14, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Davenport Family Funeral Home, 149 W. Main St. (Lake-Cook Road), Barrington. His funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington, 6 S. Brinker Road, Barrington Hills. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington. A memorial service is being planned for late April on Marco Island, Fla. For information, 847-381-3411, or visit www.davenportfamily.com, where online condolences can be left for his family.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2010
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