EAST PEORIA — C. J. Rosen, 96, of East Peoria, passed away at 11:37 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.

C.J. was a decorated World War II veteran and received a Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and the air medal with 1 bronze cluster. He proudly served with the Army Air Corps as a B-24 Bomber Flight Engineer on 13 missions. His plane was shot down twice during his service. After the first incident, he returned to service after just a week to hurry and complete his 50 missions. After the second incident, he was captured and endured nine months as a POW until May 2, 1945. C.J. was one of over 20,000 captured who endured 85 days of the Death March across Poland.

A funeral service for C.J. will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in East Peoria. Pastor Gabe Wanck will officiate. Visitation will from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home. Additional visitation will be from 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be at Oak Grove Bible Church Cemetery in East Peoria. 

C.J. asked if memorials could be left to the Red Cross for the help they provided while he was in service. C.J.’s memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.