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Dudley A. Rose

Dudley passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born April 21, 1949 to Arvard ‘Bud’ and Rosalie (Rockwell) Rose. Dudley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He had worked for Lapham Heating and Cooling before going to work for his brother at Archie Rose Machine Shop for 15 years.

Dudley was a skilled woodworker and loved to fish, follow NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon and collect hats, coats and state quarters, having collected 15 complete sets. Dudley was kind hearted and went out of his way to help anyone in need and had a saying or Dudley-ism for everything. He was an Eagle Scout and a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

On December 30, 1987 he married Janet Hampton who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Tom (Jan) Rose, Patrick Fredericks, Rebecca (Ron) Perkins, Darcy (Jayson) Ennis, Dawn Rose and Devon Rose; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jack (Nancy Schnidler) Rose, Lynette (David) Cree and Donna (Kirk) Wisnaski along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Jacqueline Fredericks.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial celebration will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Dudley may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030 or to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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Lynda LaFountain

February 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.


Linda Snider

February 27, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Dudley was a great guy! My fondest memory of him is of our drivers training together at 16. He survived our trip to downtown Grand Rapids where we learned to parallel park!

My condolences to his family.

Linda Rice Snider


Penny Baker

February 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm

So very sorry to you all. Loved it when Dud came out and watched me painting the benches for VFW Post #3030. We yakked about many things, from OHS, to surviving multiple helicopter crashes, to his beautiful wife. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

Penny Pulver Baker


Warren Stevens

February 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Dudley was proud to have served in Vietnam — We shared a few stories of Vietnam. when I had a long talk with him at VFW 3030 one day. RIP my friend & fellow classmate. A true friend.


Theresa Irving

February 27, 2020 at 7:56 pm

So sorry to hear about Dudley. He was a kind nice man. Knew Dudley when i was a youngin and remet him again down at the VFW fish fry.


Melissa Clark Packard

February 27, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Dudley was a kind hearted man, So sorry to hear about your loss.


Laurie McDonald

February 27, 2020 at 11:40 pm

I’m so sorry. He was one helluva man. Use to make me laugh. R.I.P.


Terri Parrish

February 28, 2020 at 12:01 am

My Deepest Sympathy for your loss. Dudley will be dearly missed by everyone that knew him. He was such a kind and careing guy. I always enjoyed talking to him, he always made ya laugh. RIP Dudley. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


Tony Thaxton

February 28, 2020 at 12:46 am

Dudley and I grew up “down the road” from each other. We sat together on the bus and spent many hours playing at each other’s house where we also attended Cub Scout den meetings. In 2nd grade I wrote a short paragraph about “my best pal Dudley” that my Mom saved and I still possess. Dudley was a special friend and, as others have written, a very special person. I’m greatly saddened to hear of his passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.


Lori Burrows

February 28, 2020 at 12:51 am

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers sent for the family.


Bob and Loree Bagley

February 28, 2020 at 6:25 am

Darcy, Jayson, Dawn, Tom, Jan and all your family, God’s Peace and strength to you all.


Dawn King

February 28, 2020 at 7:19 am

Im so Very sorry to hear of Dudley’s passing. He will certainly be dearly missed among us. His fighting warrior spirit and determination to live life to the fullest will live forever in our memories. My prayers for God’s special peace for his entire family during this difficult time.


Colleen & Jim Vorwald

February 28, 2020 at 9:18 am

So sad for your loss to your family. May you feel God’s peace during your time of sorrow. Thank you for your service Mr. Rose.


Deborah hopper

February 28, 2020 at 10:23 am

Uncle Dud was a great man kind, sweet and loving he will so be missed. Rest in piece uncle Dud..❤️


Steve & Sandy Cobb

February 28, 2020 at 10:48 am

Janet & Family, we are so sorry to hear about Dudley. He was a great guy & we have many wonderful memories of him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

February 28, 2020 at 11:01 am

I have known and been friends with Dudley since Dix Street Elementary and through scouting. In scouts, Dudley always had my back since I seemed to be the weakest link on many of our excursions!! Our friendship renewed through the years at Pine Lake (Ford’s Point) where my parents had a cottage next to the Mowry’s. In later years, I enjoyed many hours of sitting with Dud and was always amazed at his “Dudleyism’s” and would relay them to Marcia when I went home. Rest in Peace , dear friend!!


Cindy Whitaker

February 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers.


Tootie, Ken, & Cindy Whitaker


Alice Comai

February 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

Dudley and Jan were always part of our family. We watched our kids grow up together. It seems that we have always been there for each other. I love you Dudley. You will be missed. Jan I will be here for you always. Love to you all.


Susan Kerrigan

February 28, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Sorry for the loss of your beloved! of comfort and peace! Thank you for your service Dudley! RIP


~Bill and Janice Thompson

February 28, 2020 at 1:11 pm

… Though we know Heaven has welcomed a very special person, our hearts still feel the sorrow. Our deepest, most heartfelt condolences, and loving prayers to the entire family. We will never forget our ‘Post 3030 Fishing Trips’ and how much fun we had with Dudley! When we were all ‘tuckered out’ for the day, He wanted to keep fishing and fishing!


Susan Keyzer

February 28, 2020 at 1:54 pm

Awe sorry to hear about Dudley. He was one of my first boyfriends when I moved to Otsego in 1961. Dudley was always nice, friendly and a loving person. May you rest in peace kiddo.


Philip D Wineland

February 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

I am in Texas and was so sorry to read the Obituary for Dudley. He was a student of mine in Cabinetmaking and Millwork so many years ago I can’t remember when! He was an excellent student and I have nothing but praise for him.

Phil Wineland


Jeff and Cheryl Taylor

February 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm

Tom and Jan,

We are so sad and sorry for the loss of your dad.

We pray for comfort for you and your whole family during this time.

We love the Roses,

Jeff and Cheryl Taylor


Jeff and Cheryl Taylor

February 28, 2020 at 5:06 pm

Tom and Jan,

We are so sad and sorry for the loss of your dad.

We pray for comfort for you and your whole family during this time.

We love the Roses


Rick Fairfield

February 28, 2020 at 5:26 pm

So sad I’ll never forget him or the nickname he gave me years ago “shadrack” don’t know where it came from but it stuck with me for sure my thoughts and prayers go to all family he is missed. Love ya dud


LeAnn Davis

February 28, 2020 at 9:24 pm

I knew Dudley for many years- Our families were great friends.-He was a wonderful and thoughtful man.

Although I moved away many years ago I will always remember him and all of the Rose family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.


Art Roberts

February 29, 2020 at 10:22 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss


Doug and Judy Foster Scheppelman

February 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Jack, Donna and Lynette,

Our prayers are with you and your family.


Carolyn Largent

February 29, 2020 at 9:23 pm

Janet and family so sorry to hear about Dudley.. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.


Tim and Laurie Andrus

March 1, 2020 at 8:50 am

Darcy and family,

What a patriot Dudley was. He taught all around him how to be strong and live life to the fullest. He fought cancer harder than anyone we know and is now pain free. He will be missed by so many. Dudley was very proud of you and how you live your lives.


Cheryl &Chuck Buchino

March 1, 2020 at 2:28 pm

So sorry for your loss. Always remember his kindness to all. Your memories are precious. He was a good man who was well loved. He is no longer in pain and will live forever in your hearts.


Terri Ammon

March 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Please accept my deepest sympathies. I hold high respect for those that served in the Vietnam war. They will never be forgotten. Thank you for your Service Mr Rose.


David P Boulter

March 2, 2020 at 9:54 am


I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. The memories I have are of a long ago time when my Uncle Sam helped to decide that we needed an Explorer troop for our area.

My heart goes out to your families.

David Boulter


Carrie Curtiss

March 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Rest in Paradise Dud!! You will never be forgotten. And missed so dearly. Say hello to my Daddy for me. ❤️


Don & Anita Rambadt

March 3, 2020 at 9:22 pm

To Dud’s family and friends , wishing you comfort and care as you go thru this time of loss. May the prayers and acts of support give you strength in the days ahead. “Army Strong”—-Dud


Bob Brothers-Hudsonville, Mi

March 4, 2020 at 6:48 am

So sorry to here of Dudleys passing. Dudely and I went to Pine Lake togeather in the late 60’s and after graduation we went our seperate ways , L to Indiana and Dudely stayed in the Plainwell area. Again so sorry to here of his passing.


Jeff and Janey Richards

March 6, 2020 at 9:41 am

We are so sorry for your loss. May the peace of our Lord help you through this stressful time. Love Jeff and Janey Richards.


Judy Rhoades Barnwell

August 7, 2020 at 8:59 am

I am so sorry to hear of Dudley’s passing. I will always remember him as one of the sweetest guys I have ever known.

My sympathies to his family—-


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