William C. Ose, Sr., commonly known as Bill and preferably called the Colonel, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21 at his residence in Adams, New York.
Bill was born January 25, 1939 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, the son of Alfred Ose Sr. and Mary Beck Ose. He attended the Bentley School of Business where he studied to become an accountant and began his adulthood in Boston, MA. In 1963 he joined the United States Army where he proudly served his great nation. After nearly thirty years of service, he retired as a lieutenant-colonel. Hence, where his widely used nickname, “Colonel” was launched. While at Fort Drum, he took great pride in his duty as a protocol officer. After his retirement, he started his real estate operation, with the mentorship of Tony Root. Colonel Realty, as he named it, was very active throughout the 1990s and early 2000s.
On September 13, 1970, he married the true love of his life, Janet Kaercher. Together, he and Janet lived across the state before residing and raising their family in Adams Center and Adams, New York. Janet left us too early in life, passing away on February 25, 2003, a void Bill still felt when he died.
He then remarried Jill Cunningham on October 21, 2006. Jill died on February 9, 2018.
The colonel was a true American patriot. He loved his country. Bill was a devoted Catholic and an extremely active member of the Knights of Columbus. Not only has he held many leadership roles on his local K of C council, but he has served at the state level as a state director. Bill has been the founder of an annual bus pilgrimage to St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, VT since 1994, which he has held every year, including 2021. Bill was also a member of the Adams American Legion.
Bill loved sports. In particular, a good horse race. Bill was a New York Giants fan and Syracuse basketball fan. He loved scratch tickets and the four winners, he always had a hunch, or so he thought!
The Colonel’s true love in life, aside from his wife Janet, was his family. He leaves behind his son, William C. Ose, Jr., (Mary) and his daughter, Amy M. Ose (David). His grandchildren, JW Allen (Tatum), Jake Allen (Tyler), Dominick Sprague, Marris Ose and Harrison Ose. Tatum’s daughters, Jaelyn and Olivia. His beloved siblings, George Ose and Elizabeth “Betty” Ose. His ex-son-in-law whom he cherished very much, Mike Allen. Bill is also survived by 16 nephews and 6 nieces, all of whom were loved and cared for by him.
Bill was also predeceased by his parents, Mary Beck Ose and Alfred Thomas Ose, Sr. as well as five of his seven siblings: Carolyn (Ose) Duffy, Joseph Ose, Alfred T. Ose Jr., Robert Ose, Lorraine ( Dare) Banning .
Bill leaves behind many special friends. Three in particular he spoke with daily and everyone who helped Bill: Jim Misczuk, Rose Morgan and Gene “Homer” Kardelis.
It would be dismissed not to thank Molly for the great care of Molly at the office of Dr. Williams and Molly’s staff over the years. Help from John Besse and Fort Drum Pharmacy. The family is so grateful for the help and care Tatum has provided Bill over the past two years, it was amazing.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. at Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home in Belleville on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Funeral will be Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, with interment immediately following at Sainte-Cécile cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s honor to the following:
St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 17 Grove Street Adams, New York 13605 or South Jefferson Rescue Squad, PO BOX 126 Adams, New York 13605.
Online condolences can be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com