Robert G. "Rosie" Roseland

June 7, 1924July 8, 2013

Robert “Rosie” Roseland, 89, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, July 8, 2013 at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines with entombment at Resthaven Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday. Rosie was born June 7, 1924, in Paulina, IA to John and Floy Roseland. He graduated from Clear Lake High School and went to work for Duesenberg Construction helping build the Alaskan Highway. When WWII started, he enlisted and trained to be a pilot, flying B-17 bombers over the Himalayas. Following the war, Rosie enrolled at the University of Iowa where he pledged Beta Theta Pi, completed a degree in Business and met the love of his life, Nina Larimore. They were married for 62 years until her death in 2011. Rosie began his career in sales, working for Ames Concrete Products and joining Cretex Companies, Inc. In 1975, he was promoted to President and General Manager of Iowa Concrete Products, a division of Cretex, where he remained with the company until his retirement. During his tenure at Iowa Concrete Products, he was elected President of Iowa’s Associated General Contractors (AGC) and to the Iowa Highway Department’s Hall of Fame. Rosie was a loving father and grandfather who was an avid outdoorsman. He was a loyal University of Iowa Hawkeye football fan who rarely missed a game! He enjoyed spending his summers on Lake Vermillion in Northern Minnesota and winters in Palm Desert, CA. He is survived by his son, Craig (Cathy) of Minnesota; daughter, Anne (Mike) Thompson of California; two grandchildren, Kate (Mathew) Wachlarowicz and Robert Z. Roseland; and a sister, Patty (Spud) Carrell of California. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe and Jack; wife, Nina and son, Kurt. The family would like to thank Deerfield Retirement Community for their excellent care of Rosie in his final years. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Deerfield or the International Wolf Center, 1396 Highway 169, Ely, MN 55731.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Robert G. "Rosie" Roseland

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Jill Gomez

July 16, 2013

Anne & Family

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Your dad was such a great man. I have many fond memories of him and you at the club coming out for lunch, always with a smile etc.

If there is anything we can do for you, please let your friends at Wakonda know.

Jill Gomez
Wakonda Club

Bob Eustice

July 16, 2013

Anne & Craig, so sorry to hear about your Dad. I enjoyed visiting with him when we were all growing up together in CR. May God bless your family and keep you strong in these days. Take care of yourselves.

July 15, 2013

Craig, Anne and family. Jane and I were very fortunate to be dear friends with Bob and Nina for many years. You also were so lucky to have had them for parents---there were none better.
Rosie was my buddy in my start up of Keystone and so many matters and ways. I want to do all those things with him again in the place he and Nina are holding hands again.
Love to all of you, Bill and Jane Bergman

Stewart Buck

July 14, 2013

A trip to the Roseland house was always a special treat for me when I was growing up in Ames.The house was located in a beautiful wooded area that provided a wide expanse to explore with Robert's son, Craig. The two of us would spend all day in the woods hiking, climbing trees, wading in the creek, or crossing over the high wooden railroad trestle. Robert was always held in high regard by my Dad, who was a Beta Fraternity brother at the University of Iowa. Dad told me about Robert helping to build the Alaskan Highway, and how he flew B-17's in World War II. That was pretty cool stuff for an impressionable young boy.

I want to express my deepest sympathy to Craig and Anne and the grandchildren. My heart goes out to you. Although I only knew your Dad for a relatively short period of time before you moved from Ames, he left a big impression on me.

Ron/Cheryl Schiller

July 14, 2013

We have only known Bob for a little over a year at Deerfield. Bob had a difficult 1 year plus. He and my father were there together. They worked hard together to escape from the skilled care center. They are now together again and no longer suffering or trying to escape. May Bob now rest in peace. We have enjoyed knowing him and his daughter Ann.

Curt and Andree Sandahl

July 14, 2013

Curt and I have such fun, fond memories of you, Nina and Kurt. We miss you all. May you all rest in peace, perhaps along Vermillion's sunny shore.

Marian "Cris" Haines

July 13, 2013

We lost such a good friend in Rosie. Cherishing the memories. Condolences to the Roseland family.
Love, "Crissie" Haines and families

Pam and Frank Harrison

July 13, 2013

We will always remember Bob's quick wit and smiling face at Deerfield. He was so kind and respectful with my mother. It's always hard to say goodbye to "family" but we know there is now another angel keeping watch over us all!