Louis Arthur Vose, 97, of Falmouth, son of Arthur George and Anastasia Ziavras Vose, a long time resident and business man in Falmouth died on January 11, 2012. He was the husband of the late Gertrude L. (Kudla) Vose.
Mr. Vose was born July 4, 1914 in Sparta, (Kastania) Greece, came to the United States as a child, and grew up in Brockton, MA. He graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in 1937.
Enlisting in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in the 211th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) Regiment, he attained the rank of Sergeant Major. After OCS Mr. Vose served as commanding officer, Battery C, 440th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft), he transferred to Military Intelligence, training to go behind enemy lines to organize partisans for the proposed invasion of Greece. Later Mr. Vose was assigned to G-2 Air, 12th Army Group Headquarters ultimately becoming the liaison officer between First Army Headquarters and 9th Air Force. CPT Vose was the recipient of 5 Bronze Battle Stars and the Belgian Fourragere of 1940.
He moved to Falmouth in 1947 with his wife Esther E. (Thorstensen) to establish Vose Furniture Store on Main Street. He later established Colonial Cleaners and Laundry on Main Street and Falmouth Plaza, later expanding to Bourne, and West Yarmouth. His last twenty years in Falmouth prior to moving to Sarasota, FL, were spent in semi-retirement, involved primarily in residential land development. Mill Meadow on Mill Road was his most notable development.
Mr. Vose was a member of the Falmouth Kiwanis, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. He was also an active member of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Cape Cod and was instrumental in establishing the Cape Cod 200 Club to support that organization.
The title and office of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was conferred upon Mr. Vose by his Eminence Archbishop Iakovos in New York on March 20, 1994.
Mr. Vose is survived by two sons, Thomas C. Vose (Patricia) of Manning, SC, David A. Vose (Pamela) of North Falmouth; two daughters, Ann E. Thorstensen of Cedarville, MA, and Zoe Karyn Morsette of Long Island City, NY; brothers, John Vose of Falmouth and James Vose of Cranston, RI; sisters Helen Bosen of East Falmouth and Sarah Pappas of Bradenton, FL; 2 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Christy Vose and George Vose and sisters Jane Skouras, Phyllis DuVal, and Mary Waitkus.
Visitation will be from 2-5 pm on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy. (Route28A), West Falmouth. A funeral service to be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 16th at Saint Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, 62 Main Street, Cotuit, followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Cape Cod, 1934 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.