Ronald C. Rose, 63

Vietnam War veteran

November 08, 2006

Ronald Charles Rose, a retired state corrections training officer and Vietnam War veteran, died of multiple medical conditions Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Homeland resident was 63.

Mr. Rose was born and raised in Vandergrift, Pa., and served in the Marine Corps from 1960 to 1966.

"It was while he was serving in Vietnam from 1964 to 1966 that he was exposed to Agent Orange, which eventually led to diabetes, heart and lung problems," said his wife of 24 years, the former Lynne Warren.

He earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a police officer in Vandergrift until the early 1970s, when he moved to Montgomery County as a corrections officer in the county detention center.

In 1987, he became a trainer and firearms instructor at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Academy in Woodstock. He retired in 2003.

"He was very family-oriented and liked to read military history," Mrs. Rose said.

He also was a firearms collector, a member of the Marine Corps League and an honor guard member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 451.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road.

Also surviving are two sons, Shawn D. Rose of Brentwood, Calif., and Trevor W. Rose of Baltimore; and two sisters, Francine Rose of Pittsburgh and Patricia McGinnis of Vienna, W.Va.

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