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Paul "Leon" Rose, 87, Nashville

Paul "Leon" Rose, 87, of Clay Lick Road, died quietly in his sleep at his home. He had been sitting in his favorite chair watching westerns on television.

Mr. Rose was born in Brown County, Nov. 20, 1925, to Ralph Burl and Rosie (Rariden) Rose, the third of five children. His father was a farmer and employee of Meshburger Brothers Stone Corporation and his mother was a homemaker who raised their family in a house centered on a one-room cabin at Oak Grove in Brown County. Leon Rose attended Nashville High School and worked for Walter Bauffman trucking until volunteering for the U.S. Navy in February 1944.  During World War II, he served as a gunner’s mate third class SV6 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, Mediterranean Sea, and the Far East, and was assigned to the tank landing ship USS LST-471, destroyer escort USS Kretchmer (DE-329), and the Gearing-class destroyer USS Norris (DD-859) until his discharge in June 1946. His medals include Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (three Stars), Philippine Liberation (two Stars), and a Victory Medal. 

He married Martha Mae Kent, daughter of Charles and Ethel (Deckard) Kent of Belmont Oct. 19, 1946. Mr. Rose was employed with Cummins Engine Company for 36 years from 1947 until his retirement in 1983. Best remembered as a popular local race car driver, he was known as the “Legend of the Paragon Speedway”. He raced at Paragon, Bloomington, and other Indiana speedways as a driver and/or car owner for 56 consecutive years, beginning in 1954. He drove the well-known Rose Brothers' sprint car #270, popularly known for its distinct pink color, in partnership with his brother, Bob, owner of Rose’s Body Shop in Morgantown. He then partnered with his son, Dennis, and continued racing as co-owner/chief mechanic in Rose Racing. He received the Sportsmanship Award from Bloomington Speedway in 1975 and the Bob Rose Sportsmanship Award from Paragon Speedway in 1991. Mr. Rose was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6195, serving as post trustee; Diesel Workers Union; and North American Bluebird Society. 

Mr. Rose is survived by two sons, Dennis (Kris) Rose and Michael (Rod Smith) Rose; a grandchild, Nichole Rose (fiancée, Eric Freeman); his sister Doris “Sis” (Pete) Schrougham; Peggy “Sue” Seitz; brother, Eddie “Butch” (Peggy) Rose; and his dog, Sugar.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; a son, Roger Lee Rose; and a brother, Robert “Bob” Rose. 

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 E. Old State Road 46, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will take place after the service at Greenlawn Cemetery.

The family suggests donations to a charitable organization of choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home.

On line condolences can be sent to the family via bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.

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  • June 30
    Bible study offered at inn
    1 to 2:30 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • June 30
    BC Commissioners
    10 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 1
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 2
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 2
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artist Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • July 2
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • July 2
    Bluebird Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 2
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 School House Lane
  • July 2
    BC Garden Club
    9:45 a.m. Salt Creek Plaza parking lot near McDonald's
  • July 3
    Bean Blossom farmers market
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 3
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 3
    Live music at bar
    7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 10 to 11:30 p.m. Big Busted Bar, 44 N. Van Buren St.
  • July 3
    Gospel jubilee at Redbarn
    8 p.m. RedBarn Jamboree, 71 Parkview Road, off 46 East
  • July 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 4
    Hog roast before the fireworks
    6 to 9 p.m. BC (Nashville) Fire, 231 E. Main St.
  • July 4
    Live raptors at Abe Martin Lodge
    7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • July 4
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • July 4
    The Mizfits band at general store/bakery
    7 to 9 p.m. Big Woods Brewery, 60 Molly's Lane
  • July 5
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 5
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    9 a.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 7
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 8
    Brown County Radio Hour to air Episode 40
    6 p.m. WFHB FM 91.3 and 100.7
  • July 8
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • July 8
    Washington Township Advisory Board
    7:15 p.m. BC (Nashville) Fire, 231 E. Main St.
  • July 9
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Gospel jam & sing in Gnaw Bone
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • July 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • July 9
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 9
    Volunteer Fair at The Seasons
    4:30 to 6 p.m., 6 p.m. The Seasons Lodge Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East
  • July 10
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • July 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • July 11
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • July 11
    Health fair at the YMCA
    8 a.m. to noon YMCA, 105 Willow St.
  • July 12
    Woods reunion slated
    12:30 p.m. Yellowwood Forest
  • July 13
    Backpack Program meeting slated
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • July 14
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 14
    Brown County Council
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 16
    WRAPS 20th anniversary open house
    6 to 8 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • July 18
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • July 20
    Health department offers ServSafe class
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • July 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane