CULLISON, KANSAS — William Donald Rose “Don”, 85, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 5, 2018 due to a sudden illness. He was born in Pratt Co. to Clarence and Estherlea (Hall) Rose on March 9, 1933. 

After graduation he joined the Navy on March 20, 1953.

On October 31, 1954, he married Frances Witham in Ottawa.  From this union they had 5 children, Dave (Debra Courtney), Mike, Kathy, Janice (Glen) Palmer and Carolyn (Randy) Golden.

He had an active military career with Navy Aviation spanning 22 years, including helping retrieve several Apollo capsules and crews including the Apollo 13 astronauts and retiring in 1974.

After retirement he moved back to Pratt Co. area and joined his uncle, Marion, as a custom harvester. The following year he bought Marion out and started Rose Harvesting with his sons. 

In 1991, Randy Golden joined in and Don retired in 1993 but continued to be in the agriculture field selling DeKalb seed and working for Merle Rose for many years.

The family moved to Cullison, Kansas in 1977. Don became part of the city council and then active mayor for over 30 years.

On July 18, 2012 he married Donna Rose.  She survives. He had 22 combined grandchildren and 5 combined great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Kathy; wife, Frances; parents, brothers, Carl and Harold Rose; and sisters, Adarae Barnes and Annamae Baldwin.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Rd, Pratt. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 with John Hamm presiding at Larrison Mortuary. Burial with Navy honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Pratt.

Memorials may be made to American Red Cross in care of Larrison Mortuary.  Online condolences may be made at