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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.

  • January 29
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 29
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • January 30
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 30
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • January 31
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • January 31
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    'Psycho' party at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould