Donald Rose Jr.

June 18, 1936January 10, 2021

Donald Rose Jr., age 84, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Lily Rose; children David (Michelle) Rose, Lisa (Erik) Anderson, Douglas (Jamie) Rose, John Michael DunBar, Jennifer DunBar-Dearth; grandchildren Brandi (Chase) Purdum, Aly Rose, Blaine Dearth, Alex Dearth, Ashley Dearth, Mackenna Lundquist, Landon Lundquist; great-grandson, Griffin Martin; sister, Bonnie (Roy) Hayes; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Donald graduated from Wyoming High School in 1955 and joined the Air Force in 1956, where he served for eight years. He attended the University of Illinois where he studied Aerospace and Aviation. He retired from General Motors after 32 years. Donald was a member of the NRA and the Grand Valley Cap'n Ballers Muzzle Loading Gun Club. He loved to make shooting bags and other things pertaining to muzzle loading. He was also very active in Boy Scouts for a number of years. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

A celebration of Donald’s life will be held later this spring. In honor of Donald, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grand Valley Cap'n Ballers Muzzle Loading Gun Club or Faith Hospice. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Grand Valley Cap'n Ballers Muzzle Loading Gun Club
  • Faith Hospice


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Donald Rose Jr.

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Liz Kamradt

January 15, 2021

This is an odd memory, but i loved going to his house when i was a kid because of the smell of his pipe tobacco. That scent still makes me happy to this day.

Leanne Pierce

January 14, 2021

Don taught me more about shooting different types of guns than anyone else. He was so good at sharing his knowledge. I will miss him at the Grand Valley Cap n Ballers annual fish fry. He always had shrimp for me to test. Had so many wonderful times with him and so many wonderful memories. Rest in peace friend 😔

Janet Thatcher (Bruner)

January 14, 2021

I will always have good memories of him taking Dad and me fishing when I was young. I will never forget that, including the time he made Dad do the splits right into Fish Lake.

Tim J Todish

January 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to Don's family and friends. He was one of my mentors when I first started black powder shooting and historical reenacting many years ago, and has remained a true friend ever since.

Kathy Schuiteman

January 13, 2021

Don was always happy and always fun to be around. Most of all he was a wonderful grandfather to our grandchildren MacKenna and Landon. He always showed them love and attention like they were his own.
Our hearts are sad to see him gone. Wishing peace to all his loved ones in this time of loss.

Jim and Kathy Schuiteman

Barbara Woods

January 13, 2021

I will miss you until the day I join you and the others I have loved and loss, one could never ask for a better friend than you were to me than to Tex and I!

Andy lang

January 13, 2021

Don will be sorely missed. He was everybody's friend and always remembered names, faces, and past meetings. I will not forget the many times he would talk with my sons when they were but young lads, teaching them muzzleloading skills and more importantly "life lessons." The young and old alike would flock around Don, on a woods walk or at the dinner table. He was always "giving" on the range or on the street. Anyone who knew him was a better person for that special friendship. I pray and trust he's home with the Lord and at peace!

brian hooyer

January 12, 2021

Don was kind, caring and always welcoming, he made every shoot I
attended real pleasure.