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Obituary for John "Jack" Rose

November 25, 1911 - January 8, 2018
Freeport, Minnesota | Age 106

A Centurian, Former Owner & Operator of Freeport Telephone Company, and Friend to Many


John H. "Jack" Rose, age 106 of Freeport, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, January 15 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Robert Rolfes presiding. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church in Freeport. Parish prayers will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday evening at the church.

John Herman Rose was born November 25, 1911 in Freeport, Minnesota to Herman and Theresia (Benolken) Rose. As a young man, Jack was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Grand Marais, Minnesota. On September 28, 1937, Jack was united in marriage to Christine Rau at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Together, Jack and Christine raised a family of four children. Jack owned and operated Freeport Telephone Company from 1938 to 1951 at which time he sold the business to the Albany Mutual Telephone Association. Jack then became the manager of Albany Mutual Telephone Company from 1951 to 1980 when he retired. During his retirement, he was able to attend many auctions and enjoyed his true passion – caring for his horses.

Jack was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport and St. Peter's Court 1556 Catholic Order of Foresters.

Survivors include his four children, Herman (Therese) Rose of Osceola, WI, Carol Loxtercamp of Bumpass, VA, John S. (Sharon) Rose of Big Birch Lake, and Judy (Marvin) Thielen of Melrose; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; and sister, Rita Hiltner of Freeport.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Christine in 2002; his parents; son-in-law, Dave Loxtercamp; sisters, Amanda Zirbes, Helen Eichers, Elsie Rose, and infant sister, Hildegard Rose; and brothers, Sylvester and Frank Rose.

Serving as casket bearers will be Mike Rose, Michael Loxtercamp, Chad Thielen, Brian Thielen, Jeanne Zeinert, and Jan Haley. Cross bearer will be Kelly Bredeck and scripture bearer will be Stacy Meyer. Gift bearers will be Nancy Wahl and Sheri Dickerson. Lectors will be Sue Hyer, Stefanie Rose, and Deb Rose.

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