John S. Rost, age 93, of Wakefield, RI, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, of respiratory failure.
He was born in 1918, on the Fourth of July, on a small farm in Kerkhoven, MN to Frank and Anna Rost. The youngest of six children, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Levi Rost, Arnold Rost, Clara Rost, Alice Rost Anderson, and Doris Rost Peterson.
John began his education in Kerkhoven, walking each day to a one-room schoolhouse, regardless of the Minnesota weather. He attended high school in Cokato, graduating with the Cokato High School class of 1936.
John obtained a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1941, and later did post graduate work in speech and creative writing at both the University of Houston, and Columbia University in New York City.
During World War II, between 1942 and 1946, John served his country as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, part of the 537 Bombardier Training Squadron at Williams Field in Chandler, AZ, and then with the 1962nd Service Command Unit at Presidio of Monterey, CA. He received the American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory Medal.
In 1946, after leaving the Army, John began a his professional career in Houston, TX as an account representative with M.H. Jacobs Public Relations Agency. In Houston, he met his future wife, Thelma Bradshaw.
John and Thelma were married in her home town of Grapeland, TX in June of 1950. The couple had three children: a daughter, Ann Marie; and twin sons, Arnold Bradshaw (“Brad”) and John Thomasson (“Jack”).
John had a successful career in public relations and advertising in offices around the country, that spanned more than 50 years, retiring in 1996.
Thelma also had a varied and successful career in media and public relations, until her death in 1973.
John is survived by his three children; his daughter, Ann, his sons, Brad and Jack; two grandchildren, Amanda Haley Rost and Jonathan Bradshaw Rost (“Jake”); nieces Pat Rost and Janet Anderson Welte; nephews Lanny Rost, Jerry Peterson, Jim Peterson, Joe Peterson, and Jack Peterson; and by many great and great, great nieces and nephews, too numerous to name.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Nardolillo Funeral Home of Narragansett, RI, preceded by visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m. Contributions in John’s memory may be made to the South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI, which cared for him so well in his last illness.
The Nardolillo Funeral Home in Rhode Island handled the arrangements; visit www.Nardolillo.com for information and online condolences.