In Memory of

William 'Bill' James Rose

May 22, 1954 - February 2, 2016
William "Bill" James Rose, the son of Perry and Lela (Bush) Rose was born May 22, 1954, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent on the family farm South of Cleghorn. His early childhood education was received at Maryhill School and later at Meriden-Cleghorn High School, where he graduated in 1973. After high school, Bill attended Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon, IA to become an electrical lineman. In 1977, Bill went to work for Illinois Central as a lineman. In 1981, he joined the union through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Los Angeles and later the Midwest. Most recently, he worked as a lineman for area wind farms and utility companies. Bill enjoyed spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and tinkering with his old tractors. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. On February 2, 2016, Bill passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center following a short illness at the age of 61. He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Lela Rose. He is survived by his son, Brandon Coughenour and fiancé Jena of Alma, MI; four grandchildren: Reese Weiland, Ivy Nevaeh Coughenour, Paislee Grey Coughenour, and Dakota John Coughenour; seven siblings: Linda (Mike) Scott of Aurelia, IA, Mike Rose of Cherokee, IA, Pat (Mona) Rose of Owatona, MN, Joe (Roxie) Rose of Redwood Falls, MN, Matt Rose of Cleghorn, IA, Nick (Mary) Rose of Cleghorn, IA, Mary (Don) Long of Ozark, MO; and his very special friend, Tonya Claussen of Cherokee; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Ty Scott Beau Rose Judd Rose Jesse Rose Jake Gravenish Jason Peters HONORARY BEARERS Jessica Garvin Katie Jo Gravenish Rachel Corken Danny Rose
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service Monday night following the visitation at the funeral home.
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We will miss u dearly Bill”
- Marc Mortenson
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Our sy mpathy to Bill's family. Our thoughts and prayers to you at this time.”
- Don and Shirley Bright
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Bill was a kind and generous man. An all around great guy. ”
- Hope McCollam
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bill was a great man and will be truly missed!”
- Kenny N. Bright
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Rest in pease Bill. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Your smile , friendship and sense of humor will be missed by all.”
- Paul (Haz) D. Hasenwinkel & Bonnie
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We will miss u dearly Bill !!! ”
- Marc Morten son
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Keeping you and your family in our thoughts, especially Mary and Mike”
- Jody-Berg Rupp
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies! I was so sorry to hear about Billy (what I always called him). Just hearing his name brings back fond memories. 😊 Growing up down the road from him and the other Rose kids was such fun! Though I hadn't seen Billy in a long time, I'll miss him. He was just an all-around nice guy.”
- Dianne Wilberding Aust
Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Such great memories of the Rose family. Good family and friends....the stock of our Maryhill community. May you cherish your many wonderful memories of Bill and your family. The video brings back so many of those memories.”
- Diane (Cronin) Herrmann
Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I join family and friends in this time of sharing care and prayer for Bill. I had limited time with him when first arriving as pastor of Maryhill in 1970 and grew to know well his parents and most of his siblings. I know how contentious and caring was this family living among us and valued their friendship and support. May his Eternal Life now offer reprieve from the daily cares of this one and that he may truly rejoice in it - Forever.
- Regrets that I am away at this time but assure of my priestly prayer during these days of mourning.
Fr. Gene ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Rest in peace Billy. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.”
- Billy bob
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Rest in peace Billy
Sympathy to your family”
- Ron Good
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“A classmate and a friend. Rest in peace Bill.”
- Howard Hesse
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“To Bill's family. We would like to send our condolences to all of you in the passing of Bill. He was a great guy and did a lot for others. He always had a smile on his face and was chipper. I had the opportunity to see him a few times last week. We had some nice talks. We will all truly miss Bill but with faith have to believe that he is with the lord, and in no more pain. Our very deepest sympathy again to you all. Karla and Kyle Lundy”
- Karla and Kyle Lundy
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“RIP my friend Bill. You will be missed by many! My prayers and thoughts are with the family! ”
- Sue Roberts
Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We were so sorry to hear about Bill. I was a classmate of his and we shared a lot of great times at MMC. Rest in peace Billy.”
- Linda (Allen) and Pete Paslay
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