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Clair Allen Rosa Jr., 82, a Korean War veteran and longtime Quincy resident, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at the Illinois Veterans Home.
Mr. Rosa was born June 30, 1935, in Keokuk, Iowa and moved with his family to Hamilton, Illinois where he was active in the high school band and lettered in football. He graduated in 1953.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57, working as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean War. On a blind date while home on leave, he met Joanne Bemis of Mount Sterling. They were married in May of 1956 and raised three children.
Mr. Rosa was a commercial truck driver, retiring from Ryder Dedicated Logistics and earning the Million Mile award. He also owned a Tropical Snow business for several years.
Mr. Rosa was hardworking and skilled with his hands. He was an outdoorsman and animal lover who enjoyed fishing, boating and bird watching.
After retirement, the couple split their time between Arizona and Illinois, returning to Quincy full time in 2013. They are members of First Christian Church in Quincy.
Mr. Rosa was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne Rosa; children Cynthia (Scott) Dehart, Kansas City, Mo.; Pamela (David) Dillon, Marietta, Ga.; and Bradley (Sharon) Rosa, Camp Point, Ill.; grandchildren Jared and Kayla Dehart; Benjamin and Nicholas Dillon; and Brett and Ryan Rosa.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Quincy or First Christian Church in Quincy.