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Forrest Rose
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Birth: Jul. 6, 1956
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 2005
Arizona, USA

Musician and newspaper columnist Forrest Rose, a multi-talented mainstay of Columbia's cultural landscape for three decades, died suddenly early Sunday, March 20, 2005, during a band trip in Arizona. He was 48 years old.

In May 1987, while visiting Nashville to audition for a rising bluegrass act, the O'Kanes, Rose had an aneurysm that left him in a coma for 16 days. "The main effect was to draw me closer to my family. And it really clued me in to the fact that there are a lot of people who truly care,'" Rose told the Columbia Missourian's Brian Wallstin in 1991.

Rose collapsed early Sunday morning of March 20 at the home of a fellow musician. He had performed earlier in the evening in Avondale, Ariz., a community just west of Phoenix, with the nationally known bluegrass ensemble Perfect Strangers and was listening to duets with members of the group at the private residence when he was stricken. The cause was determined as an aneurysm of the brain.

In May 1987, while visiting Nashville to audition for a rising bluegrass act, the O'Kanes, Rose had an aneurysm that left him in a coma for 16 days. "The main effect was to draw me closer to my family. And it really clued me in to the fact that there are a lot of people who truly care,'" Rose told the Columbia Missourian's Brian Wallstin in 1991.

A longtime Columbia resident, Rose was born on July 6, 1956, in Dallas, the son of Earl and Marilyn Rose. He was raised in Iowa City, Iowa, the only boy in a household of five sisters: Elise, Cecile, Karen, Miriam and Carol. Survivors also include his son, Brennan Rose of Columbia; his sweetheart, Bernadette Dryden of Columbia; his former wife, Wendy Noren of Columbia; and his parents, of Iowa City.
Rose came to Columbia in 1974 to study journalism at the University of Missouri, and he stayed in town to play music and work as a reporter, assistant city editor and later a columnist for the city's afternoon daily, the Columbia Daily Tribune. He also had worked as an editor at the Columbia Missourian and most recently was an information specialist for University of Missouri extension. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1988.

Rose wrote a weekly column for Tuesday editions of the Tribune, commenting on the community's most controversial issues with a fluid, witty style that powerfully drove home his points.

Rose was just as well known for his musical prowess on the bass fiddle; his instrument was topped by a custom-carved snake's head. Rose toured with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and with David Olney and played with Kenny Baker as well as many acclaimed old-time fiddle players.
Rose played in a legion of bands over the years, including the Mid-Missouri Hell Band, Boxbeaters, Mudbugs, Monkey Grip and, most recently, the Rank Sinatras and the blues quartet New Madrid Earthquake.

"Aside from his incredible talent as a musician and writer, one of the things I admired most about him was his tireless ability to mentor an infinite number of friends," Dryden says. "He brought out the best in people and encouraged hidden talents. His house was a favorite stopover for friends in need of advice or consoling or a good laugh. He was the most generous person I've ever known."
Rose's proudest role was father to Brennan Noren Rose, his son with Wendy Noren. The Scholarship Fund for Brennan Rose has been set up at First National Bank, P.O. Box 1867, Columbia, Mo., 65205.

Columbia Tribune
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 
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Record added: Jun 28, 2007
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Thing of you today dear friend.
- Debi Ann
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