Richard D. ‘Dick’ Rose
Sept. 15, 1926-April 7, 2014
GOSHEN — Richard D. “Dick” Rose, 87, passed away Monday at IU Health Goshen Hospital following complications from surgery.
Dick was born Sept. 15, 1926 in Ligonier, to Calvin L. and Lucille Sarah (Taylor) Rose. In 1945, he graduated from Ligonier High School, where he was a member of the band.
He joined the U.S. Army in January 1945 and served with the 58th Signal Battalion as a radio operator during the occupation of Japan. He was with the first ship of military personnel that landed in Japan. He was honorably discharged in November 1946.
He married his high school sweetheart, Pauline J. Fahl, June 13, 1948 in Ligonier.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Pauline J. of Goshen and their children, a son, Jim “JR” Rose of Goshen and daughter, Teresa Mabie of Elkhart.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Cheyenne Mabie, who died March 28, 2012.
Dick had a lifelong interest in technology, from being a radio operator during the war, spinning records at WTRC FM in Elkhart or logging on to his tablet where he would check the daily winning lottery numbers and play games. Dick was also a ham radio operator with the call sign KC9PW. He built many of the radios he used and was a member of the Goshen Amateur Radio Club.
Dick was also an insurance agent with American Income Life Insurance Co. With partner Henry Nymeyer, he started Real Estate Training Academy and later Nymeyer & Rose Realty Co.
Dick purchased the first Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant franchise in the area with the first one in Benton Harbor, Mich. Joined by partners Henry Nymeyer and Richard Lavery, they had nine stores locally in Indiana and Michigan.
After retiring, Dick and his son, Jim, started Rose Enterprises, where they bought and refurbished apartments and houses.