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Lazelle Marsh Rose

1915 - 1987

Lazelle loved music.
He played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and organ.
He was a member of "Ed Duckworth's Banjo Buddies"
in Grants Pass, Oregon.

He was also a member of the
"Mesa Verde Old Time Fiddlers"
in Cortez, Colorado; volunteering regularly,
to play for retired citizens in the Cortez area.

Military Service Record

Lazelle was enlisted in the United States Army on February 4, 1941, at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He was assigned to the Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 18th Field Artillery.

He was promoted to Corporal at Ft. Sill, and remained there until 1942.

It was during this time, that Lazelle proposed to his girlfriend, Grace Awilda Howard. Grace accepted, but when Lazelle submitted to the Army for a leave of duty to get married, he was refused. Lazelle new that if he left without leave he would have to pay the consequences, but none the less, he went AWOL in order to wed Grace. They were married on April 1, 1942.

Upon his return to the Army, Lazelle was severely reprimanded for his AWOL antics, and by January of 1943, he had been transferred to Swift, Texas. He remained there until July of that same year.

In July of 1943, Lazelle was transferred to Polk, Louisiana. He was hoping that his military life could get back to some normalcy now, but upon his arrival in Louisiana, he was promptly busted from Corporal to Private; his unauthorized leave having finally climbed to the top link in his chain of command. He was stationed there until January of 1944.

Now a Private, in January of 1944 Lazelle was once again transferred. First, to Hoad, Texas, and then to Bowie, Texas.

In October of 1944, Lazelle volunteered service for World War II, leaving the United States from Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, on October 22, 1944. He arrived at Plymouth England on November 2, 1944.

After some training, Lazelle was sent to Germany, where he was assigned to the engineering unit that built the bridge over the Rhine River.

He was engaged in battle in Rhineland Germany against the German Army, and again in Central Europe.

These photos were taken while Lazelle was on leave, in Nice France.

The back of the right most photo reads:

To my Dearest Wife & Daughter
Taken 2, June 1945 at Nice France
on the Mediterranean Sea Coast.

With all my fondest love, your Husband & Daddy

Lazelle returned to the United States on a US Conventional Liner called, 'The Mana Poza'. He arrived at Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts.

This photo was taken in France, just before he departed.
Lazelle was discharged from service at Camp Fannin, Texas on October 31, 1945.
His military Rank was Private 1st Class.

After his Military service, Lazelle was an active member of
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars".

Lazelle's was a Barber by trade.

In Memory

On January 18, 1987, after a long day of working on the plumbing in the family well house at his home in Dolores, Colorado; Lazelle passed away while undressing for bed.

After saying goodnight to his wife Grace, and sons Howard and Lloyd that evening, he went in to prepare for bed. He sat down on the side of the bed, removed his boots, draped his socks over them, and fell back.

He was discovered by his son Lloyd, and was taken by ambulance to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colorado, where he was pronounced dead from Cardiac Arrest.

Lazelle's Obituary
From: Cortez Newspaper
Wednesday January 21, 1987

*Note* - To protect the privacy of the living, their cities
of residence have been removed from this article.

Services set tomorrow for Lazelle Rose.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 10 A.M. at Ertel Chapel for Lazelle Marsh Rose, a resident of the Dolores area since 1972. Interment will follow in the Cortez Cemetery. Military grave side rites will be conducted by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post No. 75.

Lazelle Rose was born to John William and Cora Belle Moulder Rose in Prue, Okla. on May 19, 1915. He died on Jan. 18 at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Surviving Mr. Rose are: his wife, Grace A. Rose of Dolores; three daughters, Mary Anne King of CO, Wanda L. Wade of OR., and Janice A. Rose of CO; three sons, Howard L. Rose of CO, Gary D. Rose of TX, and Lloyd B. Rose of CO; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Don Rose of CO; two sisters, Genevieve Wilson of UT, and Leona Mitchell of OK.; one half-sister, Amy Pendergraft of OK.

We love you Grandpa,
Michael and Brin.
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Lazelle & Grace Rose, Family Scrapbook.

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