Born in Hayward, Mr. Rose joined the U.S. Army after high school and served during WWII. He later joined the Navy for service during the Korean War. He joined the police department in 1956, serving for 29 years before retiring as a sergeant in 1985.
“I’m saddend by the loss of this icon in the Pleasanton community,” said Police Chief Dave Spiller, who will deliver a eulogy at Tuesday’s service. “Joe Rose was blessed with a long, full life. All of us at the Pleasanton P.D. are celebrating Joe and his life as a gift to each of us.”
Spiller continued: “Joe really was an incredible guy, a family man, a loveable, gentleman of this great community.”
“He was an honorable veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the Army and, of course, a proud police officer and ultimately a sergeant. Joe was a good cop, a cop’s cop!”
Mr. Rose was predeceased by his wife, Millie Rose and is survived by his children Joseph Rose II (Donna) of Pleasanton, Luanne Rose (Bob Kitson) of Pleasanton and Frank Rose of Stockton, as well as grandchildren Mirissa Rose and Millie Sansom of Pleasanton.
A vigil will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 1st St. in Pleasanton. After Tuesday’s service, Mr. Rose will be buried at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, with a reception afterward at St. Augustine church.