Paul W. Rose – Benton, IL

Mr. Paul Wayne Rose, age 90, passed away at 12:41 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2024, at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Mark Minor officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Thursday until the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. at the Leffler Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors by the Benton American Legion Post #280, V.F.W. Post #2671 and the Army National Guard will follow at the Masonic & Oddfellow Cemetery, of Benton.

Paul was born on May 14, 1933, in Benton, the son of James Paul Rose and Lela (Wilson) Rose. He married the former Judith Ann Nava on July 7, 1958. Together they shared 65 years of marriage.

Mr. Rose served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he achieved the rank of Corporal.

For 36 years, along with his partner Fred Hunter, he was the owner and operator of H & R Body Shop of Benton.

Paul was a member of the Benton American Legion Post #280, Life Member and Past-Commander of the VFW Post #2671. He was also a member of the Benton Elks and Boccie Ball Clubs.

He enjoyed fishing, making homemade wine, gardening, woodworking, and genealogy. He and his wife Judy enjoyed their card playing time with friends Don and Betty Aiken. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandsons.

Surviving is his loving wife of 65 years, Judy Rose of Benton, IL; a daughter Laura Richardson and husband Edward of Benton, IL; two grandsons: Eddie Richardson of Benton, IL, Ethan Richardson and wife Miho of Myrtle Beach, SC; a brother Merrill Rose and companion Diane of Benton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son James Rose, a grand-daughter Stephanie Richardson, and a brother Curtis Rose.

The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Benton American Legion Post #280 and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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