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Frank  A. Rose
  • Pennfield Presbyterian Church
    7979 St. Mary's Lake Rd.
    Battle Creek, MI 49017

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“Dear Mary, So sorry to hear of Frank's passing.He was a sweet man ,I liked talking with him.My heart goes out to you . If there is anything I can do...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Carole Rose Reimold - ETowah, NC

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: B

“Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to Frank's families as we learned of his passing. We have fond memories of our many good times together.....Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Len & Lois Spyker - Loudon, TN

4 of 9 | Posted by: Len & Lois Spyker - Loudon, TN

“You have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about Frank getting his angel wings. I have many good memories of the times our families...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Julie Krites Zwiebel - St. Marys, OH

“My deepest sympathy to the entire Rose family during this difficult time.It is hard to find the appropriate words to describe the love and admiration...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Wagaman - Hendersonville, NC

“Sincere condolences to all in your family for your great loss during this difficult time of sorrow. In the days ahead may you find comfort and hope...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: V H - C, FL

“To Jill and Chad as well as the Rose Family. I pray Gods gracious, merciful and loving arms engulf in this season of grief. May HIS peace that passes...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Doug Barnhard - Wyoming, MI

“Jill and Jayne - sending my love to you and your families. Frankie was like a father to me. Being considered one of his girls was a gift unlike any...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Karla Akins (Smith) - MI - Friend

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Frank A. Rose, former Battle Creek resident, passed quietly December 2,2017. Predeceased by his siblings, Betty (Rose) Humeston, Jim Rose, Margaret (Rose) Sentowski, his wife, Joyce Spyker, and daughter, Susan Rose. Survived by his wife, Mary Rose, natural children, Rand (Gayle) Rose, Jayne (Larry) Rose-Vallee, Gordy Rose, and Jill (Chad) Arnold, and his embraced children, Tom (Sheryl) Stanley, Tim (Sue) Stanley, and Mary Beth Stanley. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Sean (Stacy) Rose, Matthew (Nicole) Cobb, Scott (Mara) Vallee, Rebecca (Josh) Bosworth, Lauren Vallee, Cory (Goldy) Rose, Joseph (Alexandra) Vallee, Brandon Rose, Brock and Carlie Arnold. His big heart welcomed Adam (Rebecca) Stanley, Rachel (James) Stone, Vanessa (Timothy) Watson, and Kimberly (Jon) Hard to this list. These fourteen grandchildren and his twenty-one great grandchildren will miss his whimsical drawings in birthday cards sometimes accompanied with a stick of gum.

Frank graduated from Battle Creek Central in 1948. He served in the Air National Guard Reserve. He married Joyce, his childhood sweetheart, in 1950. He did his apprenticeship at the Grand Trunk Railroad and took a job at Eaton Corporation where he worked for thirty + years. He was a charter member and elder of Pennfield Presbyterian Church and an associate member of First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, NC. He was an active member of the VMCCA (Battle Creek Chapter) while residing in Michigan. He lived in Hendersonville, NC for the last twenty-seven years with his wife, Mary who tearfully shares, "He was the love of my life."

In Frank's garage lives a 35-Ford Roadster he's owned for over seventy years. Completely restored by him and painted cherry apple red, it exemplifies his ingenuity, tenacity, and perseverance. In addition to his love for family, his relationship with this automobile reminds us loyalty played a key role in his life. He will be remembered as quick-witted, loving, and playful to all of those who knew and loved him.

Funeral services to celebrate Frank's life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Pennfield Presbyterian Church, 7979 St. Mary's Lake Road, Battle Creek, MI. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to Pennfield Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army, both of which minister God's love. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at