WA7KTN - Silent Key Denton Thomas "Bud" Rose, 82, of Bellevue, beloved and honored husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Bellevue.

Bud was born Jan. 15, 1927 in Yakima, the son of Oscar and Emma Rose. He grew up in White Swan on the Yakima Indian Reservation, and was nicknamed "Buddy". He had a very colorful childhood growing up in White Swan, and told lots of great stories about those days. If you knew Bud he was a great storyteller.

He attended Mabton High School. He later enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Bud was only 17 at the time, so the Navy required his parents' approval to enlist. Bud said for a kid from a small town, it was great the Navy gave him three meals a day, a place to sleep, travel the world and get paid for it. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned to Mabton and married his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Betty) Stetner on June 18, 1947. They lived in Sunnyside, where they both worked at Carnation, Bud as a pasteurizer and Betty in the office.

Bud was a member of the Yakima Valley Racing Association.

They started a family and their two daughters were born in Sunnyside. They moved to Seattle in 1958, where Bud enrolled in the barber school located in Pioneer Square. He worked at the University Barber Shop on the "Ave" in Seattle, as well as Ken's Barber Shop at Crossroads in Bellevue, until 1989. After retirement, he worked for Vince's Barber Shop in Bellevue.

He attended real estate school and was an agent for Benton McCarthy in Bellevue for a few years, but always returned to the barber shop.

His life-long passion was being a "ham" radio operator, talking each day on "Weak Sisters Net". He was able to talk to people around the world on the ham radio. Another passion for Bud and Betty was traveling in their motor home across the country in a family caravan of motor homes.

Bud is survived by his loving family, his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth; two daughters, Susan Wren of Mt. Vernon and Debbie Rose-Armstrong (Jerry) of Bothell; four grandchildren, Amanda Wren of Mt Vernon, Becky Wiederhold (Josh) of Shanghai, China, Melissa Wren of Kirkland and Brendan Armstrong (Erin) of Torrance, Calif.; a brother, Ron Baker (JoAnne) of Bellevue; a sister, Nadine Gillis (Walt) of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.

Bud will be dearly missed. He had an amazing spirit and passion for life. He lived a life full of adventure and his stories allowed all of us to share a part of that history. He taught us all the value of laughter and storytelling.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St Andrews Lutheran Church, 2650 - 148th Avenue SE in Bellevue.

Family suggests remembrances be made to Booth Gardiner Parkinson Care Center at Evergreen Hospital, 12039 NE 128th Avenue in Kirkland, WA 98034 or to a charity of your choice.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's on-line guest book at

Flintoft's Funeral Home in Issaquah is in charge of arrangements.


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