Col. John S. Rose, USAF (Ret), age 98, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and formerly of Branchport died Saturday, February 2, 2019, at The Preston Health Center.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 220 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton, S.C. 29909. Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Col. Rose was born April 2, 1920, in Butler, N.J., the son of the late Lyle and Eleanor Rose. He attended Ohio State University and later continued his formal education at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving honorably during the Korean War and retiring after 30 years of service as Colonel. Following his military tenure, he was able to enjoy his interests in fly fishing, bow hunting, and whitewater canoeing.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Penn Yan and attended St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church while living in the Lowcountry.

Col. Rose was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Rebelledo. He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Amelio; grandchildren, Adrienne Perzyk (Edward), Stephanie Harris (Ron), and John Rebelledo (Kyle); and great-grandchildren, Rowan Rose Rebelledo, Leighton Rebelledo, Christian Alstaire, and Amelia Rose Harris.

Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton is assisting the family. www.saulsfh.com