James L. Rose
May 14, 1932 ó July 31, 2015

James L. RoseJames L. Rose was born to eternal life on July 31, 2015, at the age of 83. He was the son of A. Thomas Rose and Venice Rose of Madison.

Jim will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 57 years, Anida, and his loving nephew, Jay (Barb) Drake of Bay Side, and cherished niece, Lona Rafar of Port Washington.

Jim is the dear great-uncle of Katie and Kirk Deffke, Lauren and Katelyn, Sarah and Paul Klajbor, Meg and Henry, and Tom and Jodi Drake and Andrew. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his loving sister, Jean Rose Drake, and adored niece, Jamie Drake. Born in Madison on May 14, 1932, Jim graduated from West High School, the University of Wisconsin, and was a life member of Acacia fraternity.

Jim received his private pilotís license at the age of 16 and later earned both an instrument and commercial license. He flew privately for most of his life.

Jim served as director of the Wisconsin Department of Taxation in Waukesha.

Later he established his own CPA practice for more than 30 years in Richfield, James L. Rose and Associates.

A member of Elmbrook Church for over 50 years, Jimís volunteer service spans more than six decades, starting with the Civil Air Patrol, which is involved in search and rescue and homeland security. He was a lifetime member of the Jaycees, and served on all levels ó local, state and national.

After serving as a local chapter president, he was elected executive vice president of the Wisconsin Jaycees and was national director of the U.S. Jaycees.

Jim was named Badger Jaycee, outstanding Jaycee in Wisconsin and was a J.C.I. Senator, No. 7303.

A longtime resident of New Berlin, he served as a volunteer on the New Berlin Board of Review for over 25 years. Jim is the co-founder of the Wisconsin Committee of Project Concern, a non-profit medical relief organization committed to creating lasting change in the health and self-sufficiency of people living in poverty in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Jim was an Elmbrook Rotarian for 26 years and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served for many years on the board as Rotary Club treasurer. Through his effort, he contributed to the improvements of the quality of life in the communities the Rotary Club serves.

Jimís life was based on two things, his faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, and his deep love for and service to others. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A funeral service for Jim will be held at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 E. Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, on Saturday, August 8, at 12:00 PM. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Jim will be laid to rest at Highland Memorial Park.

Memorials in Jimís name may be made to Elmbrook Church in Brookfield.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit