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Candidate Killed In Storm Still On Ballot, Remembered By Locals As A ‘Real Nice Fellow’

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A West Virginia candidate killed in this week’s super storm, John Rose, Sr., remains on the ballot after his Tuesday death.

As we reported earlier, the candidate killed in the storm was one of three people who were fatally injured during Sandy’s wrath in West Virginia.

The candidate killed in the storm was out checking trees on his 100-acre deer farm near Philippi, West Virginia with his wife, son George Rose says, when the accident occurred. The pair were using an ATV and became stuck, prompting John Rose to back up the vehicle.

The younger Rose says that the felled tree quickly came down and fatally injured his dad, explaining that his father likely didn’t see it coming:

“It was a big limb… I don’t even think he knew it hit him.”

John Rose Sr.’s wife discovered that the candidate had been killed in the storm at first, George says, expecting her husband to catch up after freeing the ATV:

“She heard the limb break, but she had already walked a little ways. She didn’t think anything of it, and didn’t realize that anything was wrong. But then she saw he wasn’t coming.”

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Barbour County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Phil Ferguson said he has known the candidate killed in the storm as well as Rose’s family his whole life, and told a local news source:

“He was a real nice fellow. He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him… He was just a real fine fellow.”

Rose’s family is planning a funeral in Philippi for the candidate killed by the storm.

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79 Responses to “Candidate Killed In Storm Still On Ballot, Remembered By Locals As A ‘Real Nice Fellow’”

  1. Anonymous

    How many times in this article, especially at the end, they have to repeat "candidate killed in the storm"?

  2. Anonymous

    what a tragedy. and jeez, reading the article was almost as painful.

  3. Tom Snyder

    In MO the dead candidate won a US Senate race in 2000 +/-. His wife was appointed to serve. Can't remember the name, he was the Governor. Ashcroft was the Rep candidate.

  4. Sharon Northrop-Valentin

    Such horrible grammar… it only adds to the pain of the tragedy.

  5. Carole Anne

    Candidate for what? It sure would be nice to know what he was running for…

  6. Nancy Moore

    Why didn't they use the man's name, John Rose. Looks like the article was written when the author didn't know the man's name and later plugged it in at the beginning and no where else. Really poorly written.

  7. Kent Whitaker

    I don't care what he was running for or if he was Dem or Rep or Ind, The Whitaker family sends our thoughts and prayers to his family. And, we thank him for his service to his fellow man.

  8. Christina Watkins Fox

    That's what I wanted to know, and was he the front runner? If he's left on the ballot, is he going to win? That's the story.

  9. Tim Parrot

    Hey , if I could I would still vote for him. I could then know the person I voted for would not screw me over once in office. Most like even dead would do more for the people than most live people on the ballot….

  10. Tim Parrot

    Hey , if I could I would still vote for him. I could then know the person I voted for would not screw me over once in office. Most like even dead would do more for the people than most live people on the ballot….

  11. Tim Parrot

    Hey , if I could I would still vote for him. I could then know the person I voted for would not screw us over once in office. Most likely even dead would do more for the people than most live people on the ballot….

  12. Ben Gagliardo

    he's A Republican….. there not saying his name because they don't wanting '' John Rose '' the dead republican to win….that would be embarrassing.

  13. Reecie Carillo

    First of all that was the most horrible explanation of how the accident transpired. If they were both on the ATV than how did the father only get killed? What a wreck.

  14. Kim LaCapria

    The words "John Rose" were used twice during this post. And for all that are concerned, much of the post centered around the comments of Rose's son, creating confusion when quoting by name. Using vague descriptors like "man" would have been off, as he was a prominent candidate in the area. Given that the tragedy occurred at home in the presence of his wife, also surnamed "Rose," it was challenging to maintain clarity in description.

    Ergo, I used his name as much as would be stylistically permissible and to be clear to whom I referred. May he rest in peace.

  15. Kim LaCapria

    The words "John Rose" were used twice during this post. And for all that are concerned, much of the post centered around the comments of Rose's son, creating confusion when quoting by name. Using vague descriptors like "man" would have been off, as he was a prominent candidate in the area. Given that the tragedy occurred at home in the presence of his wife, also surnamed "Rose," it was challenging to maintain clarity in description.

    Ergo, I used his name as much as would be stylistically permissible and to be clear to whom I referred. May he rest in peace.

  16. Michael McDaniel

    I thought it was hilarious, so did my wife. Confusing at first, but once we found out what he was running for…generic term was good enough if you didn't actually want to try to find out. Who cares what he was running for anyway, amiright? It's the hometown feel of the story that counts.

  17. Kim LaCapria

    Generally, we have discovered with breaking news/local politics, it is almost impossible to sensitively grasp the nuance of local governance. Not our place, as we report from a distance. So I myself tend to focus on the story at hand and leave out details of the election for a civic structure with no equivalent with which I would be familiar.

  18. Anonymous

    hhhmmmm.. maybe ive watched too much tv,.. but this doesn't seem fishy to anyone but me?

  19. Brian Gregor

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  20. Anonymous

    I don't think these so called "journalists" have editors. And if they do the editors are just as lazy and dumb as the writers are. Think Yahoo talking about a falling crane and no picture for the article. So he is a candidate for Elks Lodge 458? Garbageman of the year? Congress? Senate? My condolences by the way.

  21. Rae Cherry

    Carole Anne, but they did find it necessary to provide us with his son's full name; unbelievable!

  22. Jeff Freeman

    I think, Kim, you're supposed to give every single detail that is humanly possible in your short article for people who can't seem to be able to use a search engine to type the words 'candidate,' 'John,' and 'Rose' to find out who the man is/was. What kind of a journalist are you if you can't spoon-feed deficient people? <wink>

  23. Michael McDaniel

    Yes, my point here is that the article is about a candidate remaining on the ballot. If you don't tell what he is running for, then you never actually get to the point of the story. This was a terribly written story, that could have been really good.

  24. Anonymous

    Clearly this article was written by a computer. Wow, you really abused the idea of optimizing for search. Your keywords, "candidate killed in the storm," are so overused. You barely even mentioned his name. BLECH. terrible "reporting" on your part.

  25. Jeff Freeman

    The second instance of "candidate" is clearly a link to another article. Simply clicking on that link will take you to the information you desire.

  26. Michael McDaniel

    I have the information, because I looked it up. But my point is that if you're going to write an article on a topic, why should I have to go somewhere else to get the information?

  27. Jeff Freeman

    Because the link made it so easy to access the information, that the writer quite probably assumed that anyone with an intellect could find it.

  28. Michael McDaniel

    This isn't about spoon feeding people information, you moron, it's about completing the details of an article. How lazy is this article, and how stupid is it to defend it. If I write an article titled- Hurricane hits state….and I never mention the state, should I just assume people will look it up? Hell no, Jeff you deficient jackass, if you plan to write a story- write the fucking story and don't be lazier than the people who won't good the details. Pure lazy journalism, and defending it just puts our already miserable media in a bigger hole. So thanks for that John. Maybe we can all just poop in a bucket and try to read it as news from now on, would that be cool? I have this bucket of shit, it's a story about a Bear attack in a national park. You don't need to know which one, Bear kills man in PARK. This is the first attack in PARK in five years. Please Jeff, spare me the defense of your friend.

  29. Michael McDaniel

    That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Nice defending your friend dude, but please. There is no defense of this article. Arguing with a moron, so I'm out dude, enjoy.

  30. Michael McDaniel

    One last thing though, I guess if the writer had enough intellect to write a decent article, she could assume whatever she wants. Instead we got this pile of….

  31. Jeff Freeman

    I'm not defending anyone, or anything. I'm simply stating the obvious. And I'm not calling anyone names.

  32. Justin Graziano

    No mention is made on his political party, which would determine weather or not the death was deserved. WV is a pretty Conservative state, so he probably was a Conservative and deserved the death, it was punishment from God for opposing the poor.

  33. Jim Davis

    Hey, did anyone hear about the candidate killed in the storm. I think he was killed during a storm while still a candidate. Of course, the candidate was considered a nice guy, the candidate that was killed, I mean. He had grandchildren, kids and a wife. He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed. Btw, his name was John Rose, Sr. It's very sad and someday I'd like to visit his grave. I just hope they list him as the candidate who was killed in the storm. I'm not sure I could find this candidate any other way.

  34. Tom Gannon

    Yep, it was Mel Carnahan. Missourians found the idea of John Ashcroft (remember–AG under Bush who was worried about statues that showed too much boobie) so objectionable, they preferred a corpse for senator.

  35. She Taggart

    Sad news once again that could have been avoided. Why on earth would any man go outside and check on trees? Who cares about what the trees are doing. I know it's one of those could of, would of should of's but I am sorry this could have been avoided. RIP John, you will be missed by family & friends.

  36. Ashley Valencia

    Huh. That happened on an episode of Night Court. Dan was running for…something. His opponent had died, but still won the election.

  37. Stanley Mieses

    candidate for what? what party? this isn't reporting, this is just shitty lazy rewrite.

  38. Cullen Pledger

    Reminds me of that West Wing story line where the candidate dies but still wins the election and Sam Seaborn goes out to try and win seat in the special election.

  39. Evelyn McManus

    What is so funny about someone being killed in a storm?? Maybe it will happen to one of your family members some day, will be funny then???

  40. Tom Snyder

    Ashcroft had the decency to basically quit campaigning and not contesting the result. "living" in the state wasn't one of the parameters Mel met on election day. And Ashcroft was worse than Holder??

  41. Anonymous

    .Sure, just drag his dead ass in the legislature and let him vote! Well until he starts stinking anyway!

  42. Tom Gannon

    @Tom Snyder–I wasn't commenting on Eric Holder. That is a whole separate conversation. Typical republican strategy–if you've got nothing to say about the topic, pivot to how the Obama administration sucks. I stand by my original comment-Missourians preferred the dead guy over Ashcroft, who was awful. Nudity on statues–now thats a GREAT way to spend taxpayer dollars (insert sarcasm here).

  43. Winnie NoMiddle-name Chen

    Well.. that sucks for me. LOL. My apologies, Inquisitr.

  44. Kelly Baker Rose

    My Father-in-law was a great man with a big heart! You have no idea why he was out in the storm so why do you want to post such hurtful comments for our family to read? My 16 year old daughter came across this article and these posts and was heart broken that people can be so cruel. Did you know that I could not get my daughter to come into the house that day, she stood in the storm waiting for them to bring her grandfather out of the woods

  45. Kelly Baker Rose

    Did you know his wife was on the 4 wheeler with him and that he had her get off the 4 wheeler and walk to the top of the hill and wait for him because the 4 wheeler began to slide? Did you know that it took his wife 10 minutes to get back to him because the snow was over a foot deep? Do you have any idea what that 10 minutes was like for her and she was scared and alone on that hill? Did you know she hasn't had a nights sleep since that day? Did you know his son George, my husband, sat with his dad that day for over and hour because he didn't want his dad to be alone? You didn't know any of this yet you felt the need to call my father-in-law a moron…I pray that your mother, father, wife, children or grandchildren never have to read such cruel comments about you after your death!! Maybe the next time you feel the urge to post negative comments about the death of someone you know nothing about you'll stop and think about the pain their loved ones are going through!

  46. Kelly Baker Rose

    He was not, as you put it "checking to see what the trees were doing" he was checking on his Elk, and checking to see if any trees had fallen on his fence, and if trees had fallen on his fence was it damaged enough for the Elk to jump over the fence or if one of the Elk could injure itself trying to jump over the fence. I pray your not as dumb as you've made yourself sound!

  47. Kelly Baker Rose

    He was a man with a family that loved him, he was a husband, father, father-in-law, son, brother, and a grandfather! We love him and miss him and we cannot believe strangers could post such hurtful comments such as "he deserved the death, it was punishment from God for opposing the poor". He wanted to make a difference, he was for the poor, he was not rich, he and his wife worked 16 hours a day on their farm…I could go on and on but your really not worth anymore of my time!

  48. Kelly Baker Rose

    @ jhbeasley1950
    I'm curious, before you posted this CRUEL comment did you stop to think about his family? It took my husband, his Son, and I hours to calm our 16 year old daughter down after reading this post! I hope you feel good, because you posted something sick to make yourself look cool or uncaring while leaving a girl that loved her grandfather awake crying all night!! I also hope you never know what it feels like to read negative, sick, cruel post like this about one of your loved ones!!

  49. Mike Shaffer

    Your right I shouldn't have made those comments. I apologize. Sometimes we get desensitized to news stories. We forget they are real people and it could be us. I am sorry.