WATERTOWN, NY — Arthur W. Rosecrans, 92, of 1200 Jewell Drive, #404, Watertown, NY, passed away Jan. 11, 2020.
Arthur was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, son of Alphonse E. and Marjorie J. McKinnon Rosecrans. He graduated from Wellington C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, NY, on June 24, 1945, and from Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, on June 11, 1950, with a bachelor’s of art degree.
Immediately after graduating from high school, he joined the Merchant Marine Academy and served on ships as a fireman until Sept. 7, 1945. Arthur also served with the United States Marines and was honorably discharged on April 21, 1947. After his service he built houses on Long Island.
Arthur then became a salesman and vice-president for GHI (Group Health Insurance) for 37 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of the Watertown Golf Club, the Port Charlotte Golf Club and was a third-degree life member of the Knights of Columbus in Syracuse, NY.
Arthur enjoyed traveling and after retirement, he and his wife, Betty spent six months of the year in their Florida home. They enjoyed going on cruises, playing golf and spending time with their family.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary E. “Betty” Rosecrans of Watertown; three children, Edward A. (Sandra) Rosecrans, Syracuse, NY, James E. Rosecrans, Syracuse, NY, and William A. (Cindy Galante) Rosecrans, Syracuse, NY; seven step children, F. Eric (Pauline) Constance, Sackets Harbor, NY, Jon P. (Karen) Constance, Sackets Harbor, NY, Jeanne E. Constance, Watertown, NY, Jerry J. (Dee) Constance, Rockford, IL, Julie A. (Michael) Waterman, Canastota, NY, James C. (Emma) Constance, Houston, TX, Jeffrey C. (Eva Vest) Constance, Evans Mills, NY; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren;several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Heidi Rosecrans.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, James and his first wife, Nancy Rosecrans.
A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. May 22, 2020, in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, New York. A celebration of life and luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Northern New York Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 in Arthur’s honor.
Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com