Dr. Virgil Jefferson Rose

December 10th, 1927July 5th, 2019

Dr. Virgil Jefferson Rose of Louisville, CO died of natural causes, July 5, 2019, surrounded by love and with his wife, Connie Rose, by his side.

Virgil was born December 10, 1927 in Vincennes, IN, the youngest of 8 children to Henry and Rosie K. Rose. Virgil graduated Lincoln HS in 1946, the first in his family to do so. Virgil was a gifted student and hard worker. As a young boy, he befriended the owners of a salvage yard across the street from his home. Recognizing his inquisitive mind and drive, they started saving books for Virgil. They later invited Virgil and his older brother, Tom, to set up a soda stand at the entrance of the salvage yard. This early business venture earned money for their mother which ultimately contributed to the family buying the home they had rented for years.

During high school, Virgil and Tom made plans to expand their entrepreneurial start and open their own gas station and mechanic’s garage. These plans would change when Virgil’s beloved brother, Tom, enlisted in the army during WWII, never to come home. With extreme sadness, Virgil’s path changed. There would be two more things that would determine Virgil’s direction. During that time, the family was told that their mother was dying of pneumonia. In desperation, they contacted one more doctor, Dr. Norman Denny, an Osteopath who had just arrived in Vincennes and would come to the house by cab. Miraculously, Rosie was up and feeling better at the end of the visit. Virgil was intrigued by what he had witnessed. Later at school, an English teacher pulled Virgil aside and told him that with his mind he could do anything he wanted to do. Her encouragement and the profound act of healing would change Virgil’s life and lead him to a career in medicine.

Virgil hitchhiked to Kirksville, MO where he completed college and medical school. He was a preceptor of Anatomy at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated in 1953. After completing an Internship in Portland, ME he was accepted into Dr. J.O. Watson’s renowned Surgical Residency in Columbus, OH. Dr. Watson tapped Virgil for the position of Chief Resident during his first year of surgical residency. In 1958 he moved to Orrville, OH with his wife, Peggy (Staley) Rose. They had three children, Mike, Jamie and Rebecca.

Dr. Rose was the Chief of Surgery and Staff at the Osteopathic Hospital in Orrville, OH where he practiced for 25 years. He would take his surgical practice to Denver, CO and Las Vegas, NV in over 50 years of caring for others. Doctors and nurses who assisted Dr. Rose in the operating room would always tell stories of how carefully, brilliantly and quickly Virgil would perform his operations as the “Master Surgeon”. Virgil loved his patients and was humbled to be able to help so many.

Virgil was a scratch golfer who loved gardening, gaming and a good joke. His blue eyes would twinkle as his quick mind and sharp wit would weave a story that always ended in a funny twist. Virgil will be remembered for his selfless care of others, quick sense of humor, intelligence and gentle nature.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Connie; his three children, Michael (Angela) Rose of Wooster, OH, Jamie (Jon) Glaefke of Boulder, CO and Rebecca (Jim Hranko) Rose of Boulder, CO; Grandchildren, Angela, Justin, Jamon, Kate; Great-Grandchildren, Cash and Scarlett. As well as many brothers and sisters in laws, nieces and nephews who were a gift to him, and deeply loved by him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Virgil’s memory to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) general scholarship fund and can be mailed to A.T. Still University, University Advancement, 800 W. Jefferson St. Kirksville, MO 63501 or submitted online by 1. visiting atsu.edu/donate-now (https://www.atsu.edu/support_atsu/), 2. View all giving opportunities, and 3. Click "Other" and add Dr. Rose's name to the box.

“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” -A.T. Still





Graveside services will be held July 12th, 10:00 am at Louisville Cemetery. 


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