MADISON – Frederick Damon Pierce “Fred” Rose died on March 11, 2014, at the Madison Veterans Hospital Hospice Unit, after a battle with lung cancer.
Fred was born in 1929, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Lydia Rose.
He attended Concordia College Prep School in Oakland Calif. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Los Angeles City College. He held a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California. He was a teacher and principal in various areas of northern and southern California. He retired from California’s Fontana School District after 15 years of teaching.
Fred was married to June (Lohmeyer) Rose from 1956 until her death in 1975.
Fred was very proud of his military service in the Korean War. He was in the 25th Infantry Division in the artillery.
His favorite pastime was radio-controlled model airplanes. He belonged to the club flying at Badger Prairie Park in Verona. He also belonged to the VFW in Madison. We want to thank all of the guys for chasing Fred’s missing planes over the years and for visiting him when he was no longer able to get out on his own.
Fred is survived by his sons, Marty (Antoinette), with grandchildren, Brianna and Erik, of Madison; and Walter (Suzanne), with grandchildren, Julianne and Haley, of Louisville, Ky. He was preceded in death by his wife, June; and youngest son, Christopher.
The family wishes to thank Drs. Ticiana and Miguel Leal for their compassionate and thoughtful medical care. We also wish to thank the nurses of the outpatient oncology infusion clinic and the nurses of the VA hospice unit, Jay, Patrick, Paula, Sue, and Shawn; aides, Karen, Frieda, and David, for making his last weeks “clean and comfortable” and being able to make him laugh.
A Memorial Service will be on March 29, 2014, at CHURCH OF LIVING CHRIST, 110 N. Gammon Road, Madison. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the service beginning at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, his wishes are to donate to the Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project.