Donald Edward Rose

Born: Fri., Apr. 22, 1932
Died: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 16, 2019
Location: Long House Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Oct. 17, 2019
Location: Long House Funeral Home

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Obituary of Donald E. Rose 

Donald “Lucky Duck” Edward Rose, 87, was born April 22, 1932 in Cherokee, NC and passed away peacefully on October 12, 2019 at his home in Swain County following a period of declining health. He was the son of the late Ted and Mildred Rose and a member of The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Along with his parents, Don was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, brothers Dale and Teddy Rose, Sister Nancy Long and grandson Jonathan Kalen.

Don was a retired Air Force Major and decorated Vietnam and Korean War Veteran. After retiring from the Air Force, he went to work in the Defense Contract arena for many years and was the founder of Command Technologies, Inc., a professional services company based out of Warrenton, Virginia. He returned to North Carolina in his later years and spent his time working with the tribe. Family was very important to him and he will be greatly missed.

Don is survived by his five children; daughter Donna (husband Andy) Dubinskas of Acworth, Georgia, son Jeff (wife Judy) Rose of Warrenton, Virginia, daughter Beth (husband Jerry) Miratsky of Swain County, North Carolina, son Rob (wife Michelle) of Swain County, North Carolina and daughter Leslie (husband Phil) Kalen of Rogersville, Tennessee along with 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Along with his children, Donald is survived by his brother Ray (Cathy) Rose, his sister Phyllis Coons, Alice (Joe) Lambert, Mary (Bill) Booth, Linda Carter, Brenda (Larry) Johnson and sister Vivian (Dan) Kieffer, all of Cherokee, North Carolina. 

Visitation will be at Long House Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 16,2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held at Long House Funeral Home on Thursday, October 17,2019 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm with Rev. Percy Cunningham of Cherokee Baptist Church officiating. An immediate burial will follow at Tranquility Ridge in Cherokee, North Carolina with family as Pall Bearers.

Long House Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

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John Lopes
   Posted Mon October 14, 2019

BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent by John and Linda Lopes.

Don was very special to us and we will greatly miss him. Our condolences to all the family and especially his daughters and sons. God Bless and comfort them all. John and Linda Lopes

Sue Byrd
   Posted Mon October 14, 2019
I am very sorry for the loss of Don, sending Prayers to the family.

Dennis and Joyce Killian
   Posted Mon October 14, 2019
So sad to learn of Don's passing. Joyce and I will miss his guidance and stewardship. Don gave me my first opportunity to support the Department of Defense as a contractor. His many lessons on how to support the customer and the employees has been the hallmark of my civilian career. It was a joy working for him and with his family during our times with Command Technologies. He will be missed and condolences to the entire Rose family.

Brenda and David Bowman
   Posted Mon October 14, 2019
May God comfort your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tina Jolley-Strawn
   Posted Tue October 15, 2019
Don was a humble, kind, generous man of integrity. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to work for his company, Command Technologies. The employees were treated like family and he always supported and donated to different needs of the community when he was living in Warrenton, VA. Heaven has gained an angel. To the family you have my condolences and you are in my prayers. May his precious memory live on.

Janet Peters
   Posted Tue October 15, 2019
Don was an amazing man and left behind a great legacy. Will always remember his kind and big heart. He was an honor to know and work for. Bless each member of his family. So very sorry for your loss

Sally Murray
   Posted Tue October 15, 2019
During the years Don lived in Fauquier County he was a champion of public education. He worked tirelessly and donated generously to a successful campaign to get a referendum passed to build a new high school. He sponsored golf tournaments to raise funds to provide enrichment opportunities for outstanding teachers. He visited classrooms to share his Indian heritage. We were privileged to experience this smart, talented, kind man for a few years. The impression he left is timeless.

Julie Van Leuven
   Posted Wed October 16, 2019
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing Mr. Rose for many years and always looked forward to seeing him. His perseverance as well as his kindness and humor was always evident, as well as his love for family, especially his children, grandchildren and brother and sister in law. His love of gardening and cooking seemed to be a great joy to him. I will surely miss him and am grateful to have known him and his family. May you find comfort in his life well lived, that was filled with so many blessings, and may you be able to carry his memory always in your hearts.

Dana Giunta
   Posted Wed October 16, 2019
Don was so supportive of education - in many ways. As a neighbor in Warrenton, he would always donate to the door-to-door sales our children were offering to support P.B. Smith, or the school orchestra, or a baseball team. Don was very generous, always thinking about education, children and the community. He has made a lasting impact on Fauquier County and will be remembered.

Ray Knott
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting Don in 1999 in Warrenton, VA. Over the next several years I had the pleasure of getting to know Don and working with him in both a business and community service capacity. His passion for his family, for education, and for giving back to the community were very evident and admired by many in the Fauquier County community. Don had an excellent way to imparting lessons learned from his past experiences through his interactions with people. Don truly left a lasting impression on many of us her in the Fauquier County community. My condolences do out to his family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time. I wish peace and comfort for the family as you take time to remember Don and a life well lived.

Lee Ann Coons
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Lee-Ann Coons .

Felicity Lynch
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
So sorry to hear of Mr. Rose's passing. My deepest condolences to the family. Don was a kind man who will be fondly remembered by those he employed at Command Technologies, where I had the honor of being employed for 5 years.

Beth and Alan Stewart
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
To the entire Rose family, our most sincere condolences on Don's passing - as we fondly referred to him in OCS59C comms, "DTE" (Don-the-Elder). Your Dad, Granddad, brother, cousin, was one of a kind - a gentlemen among gentlemen. He will be missed here on this earth but we look forward to the reunion in our most glorious Eternal Paradise future with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Heather Anzivino Belcher
   Posted Thu October 17, 2019
Mr. Rose was an amazing human being with strong personal, business, and family values. He gave me a chance as a young college intern and I learned so much from him and from the business that he created about hard work, ethics, and just being humble and kind. He was and is an incredible light in my life and I work every day to teach my children and coworkers the invaluable life lessons I learned from his leadership. My thoughts are with his loving family.

Jim Wyatt
   Posted Fri October 18, 2019
I was fortunate to have worked with Don in Viet Nam and to back him up when he was on leave. He was a fine Air Force officer. RIP Maj. Rose.

Bernie, Margaret , Dennis, Colleen and Sheila McCoy
   Posted Sun October 27, 2019
The Rose family was very special to us. When Don was still in the Air Force stationed at Offutt Air Force Base here in Omaha, they lived next door to us for eleven wonderful years. ( 1967-1978). We all became very close and kept that friendship going all these years. Don and Carolyn would do anything for you at anytime and anything you needed if you needed them. We laughed and cried together many a time.
You kids we love you and please accept our sincere sympathy and to his brother and sisters.
Bernie and Margaret McCoy

barb and mike Banner
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
We, too, were neighbors and friends in Nebraska. So sorry to learn of Don's death. He was a good man and we have many good memories. Sending sympathy, prayers and love to all the family.

barb and mike Banner
   Posted Wed December 04, 2019
I think I already sent a message but in case I didnt, We are so sorry for your loss. Sending sympathy and prayers to all. Have fond memories of all of you when you lived up the street.

Kimberly (Dillard) Adams and Marques Alex
   Posted Tue December 17, 2019
Dear Roband Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a strong, loving and loyal family man, with a generous heart. We are glad to have known him and are still so very grateful for his kindness. He left a legacy that will never be forgotten and you a very blessed to have had him as your dad. Our prayers and love to you and your family.

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