Bob E. Rose, 60, died Saturday morning, Feb. 12, 2011, after a lengthy battle with Amyloidosis.
He was at his home in Montpelier with his wife by his side.
Bob was born on May 24, 1950, in Bryan, to Robert W. and Beatrice G. (Schnitkey) Rose.
Bob graduated from Archbold High School in 1968 and attended the University of Toledo on an athletic scholarship for football. From 1969 to 1971, he was a defensive end on the 35-0 “Unbeatable Rockets,” a team that ranked number one in total defense and won three consecutive Tangerine Bowls.
As a junior and senior, Bob earned First-Team All-MAC honors and, in 2005, was inducted into the University’s Varsity T Hall of Fame.
“Big Bob” had a passion for sports and made an impact on many lives in his 20-plus years as a Montpelier football and track and field coach.
He was a loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and a friend to everyone he met. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the lake and had a great love for being outdoors, hunting, boating, and traveling.
He was a hard worker, spending countless hours helping others, working on the family farm, and delivering fuel oil to his loyal customers.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Ann (Henricks) Rose, whom he married on June 23, 1973. They enjoyed 37 happy years together.
He is also survived by their three sons, Nathan Rose of Montpelier, David Rose and his wife Sonia of Fredericksburg, Va., and Kevin Rose and his wife Marta of Springfield, Ohio; two grandchildren, Halie Rose of Montpelier and Mila Rose of Fredericksburg, Va.; one brother, Bill Rose and his wife Cindy of Archbold; as well as numerous extended family members.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation hours for Bob will be on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 2-8 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier. Services will be on Thursday at 1 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Montpelier with Pastor Erich Christman officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob E. Rose Charitable Fund at the Montpelier Area Foundation.