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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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  • November 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 22
    Salt Creek Trailhead dedication for Meijer family planned
    10 a.m. by CVS Pharmacy, 292 S. Van Buren St., near junction of 46 East and 135 North
  • November 22
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road