John “Pat” Rose

John “Pat” Rose

November 11, 1936 – June 5, 2023

Pat was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Frances Rose; brothers Terry and Tim Rose and sisters, Cindy Hook and Nancy Palma.

Survived by his wife Barbara Rose; children: Kevin Rose (wife Kim) and Kelly Wendt; grandchildren: Cameron, Nolan, Alexa Rose, Zachary and Jacob Wendt; Brothers Mike Rose, Tom Rose, and Sisters Mary McGahan, Kathy Janousek and Josetta Freeman.

John “Pat” Rose was born in Omaha, NE to John and Mary Frances Rose on November 11, 1936.

Pat graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1954. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959. On August 27, 1966, Pat was united in marriage to his beautiful bride Barbara (Sanderhoff) Rose. At the time of passing, Pat and Barb had been married for 56 years. Together they raised their children Kevin and Kelly. Pat and Barb were later blessed with five grandchildren Cameron, Zachary, Nolan, Jacob and Alexa.

Pat spent 31 years at Mutual of Omaha as a Sales/Marketing Executive. He enjoyed his time at Mutual, taking pride in his work and aggressively pursued any challenges they had to offer. It was the friendships that he developed along the way that he maintained until his death that were so important to him. After Mutual, he worked at Opera Omaha and then retired from The Swanson Corporation.

Pat was involved with sports throughout his life. He was a huge fan of Nebraska Football, attending too many games to count. His volunteer time with Omaha softball earned him a place in the Omaha Softball Association Hall of Fame. He truly enjoyed the competition that came from playing sports.  He would always tell us that “he would do anything just to play again.”  Later in life he loved watching his grandkids participate in all sorts of high school activities but had a special love for their sporting events. He genuinely thought that every one of his grandchildren were special and he was blessed to be around them.

We will always remember our father as an “Honorable, Caring and Courageous” man. Family was especially important to him. He showed us what being a “Dad” meant. It meant you are selfless, strong, and caring. He always put his family before himself. He didn’t need much, and a lot of time just wanted to spend time with us.  Right down to the end, he wanted to take care of his “Beautiful Bride,” known to us as Mom. He did everything he could to keep her at home until it was no longer feasible. Still, he went to see her every afternoon to make sure she had everything she needed. We are all blessed to call him a husband, father, and grandfather.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, June 12, 2023, 10:00AM, St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” Street, Ralston, Nebraska. INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Dorothy Day House or Nebraska Humane Society.


  • Laura Meadows Posted June 9, 2023 6:08 pm


  • Gavin Rose Posted June 9, 2023 6:14 pm

    My condolences to family and friends

  • Rejeana Zinn Barker Posted June 9, 2023 8:12 pm

    What a lovely tribute. Pat and I met via email through our genealogy research. (He and I are third cousins once removed,) Although we never met in person, I’m sure every word in the obituary was carefully chosen and absolutely true. I treasured our communications and his thoughtfulness. May God grant peace and comfort to his loved ones.

  • josetta/greg freeman Posted June 10, 2023 6:50 am

    we give our sincere regrets to barb and the rest of his family.may he rest in peace.

  • Kathy R Roy Posted June 10, 2023 6:50 am

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May he rest in peace.

  • Pam Hellyer Posted June 10, 2023 9:34 am

    Pat exemplified the meaning of a gentleman and a life well lived. RIP, Pat. You will be missed.

  • Thomas Rose Posted June 10, 2023 10:43 am

    We met via some internet genealogy forum in the late 90s and after determining we were kin, we had been in regular communication ever since. Pat was always a go-to for a laugh, a great story, and always had a good word. I’ll miss our frequent calls and deep rumination over a variety of genealogical quandries. Requiescat in pace, Pat.

  • Tom O’Connor Posted June 11, 2023 6:50 am

    Pat may be the best storyteller I’ve ever met. When we worked together at Mutual of Omaha, I used to love visiting with Pat. He used to say, “I tell you what.” When you heard those words, you knew a great story was coming. He was one awesome dude who was beloved by all. My condolences to his family – we lost one of the best.

    • Charlie Cogar Posted June 11, 2023 4:47 pm

      Tom’s right, “Well I’ll you what, Jack!….” that was Pat’s signature line. He was smart, creative, lovable, and a master storyteller. No one was a stranger to Pat. He always had a smile and NEVER a bad word or ill will for anyone.

      It must’ve been the early ’80’s as computers appeared that Pat correctly predicted, “Well I’ll tell you what, Jack, I bet that one of these days there’s gonna be one on every desk.”

      Go With God, Pat. And Jack!

      Charlie Cogar
      — Louisiana Missouri

  • Tom Hallstrom Jr Posted June 11, 2023 12:02 pm

    In the Mutual of Omaha family, Pat was certsinly one of Mutual’s own “Greatest Generation.” It was indeed an Honor and a Joy to know and work with him. “Well Done Good and Faithul Servant.” Rest in peace, J. Patrick.

  • Zach Wendt Posted June 11, 2023 5:52 pm

    RIP Grandpa. What I’d do to go to another husker game with you, or have a nice conversation about life. Hope up there is treatin you well. I love you

  • Sandy Johnson Posted June 11, 2023 8:52 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your beloved dad and grandpa.. My thoughts and prayers are with you ..

  • Laura Loesing Posted July 5, 2023 9:55 am

    My condolences to the Rose family. I found Pat online through my Find a Grave memorials genealogy work. I discovered he was very detail oriented, and he said he had worked in communications. I learned he was a dedicated genealogist. He shared Henry family genealogy with me after I discovered a historical photo he posted online. So glad I was able to chat with him online about family history. Pat, your kind spirit will live on!

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