Douglas Kent Rose

Douglas Kent Rose Douglas Kent Rose was born in Chicago, IL Feb. 18, 1903, and passed away Nov. 9, 2008 in Vermillion. As a young man Mr. Rose was adventuresome and had an inquiring mind. He was a lover of horses and riding and an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, canoeing and fishing. He enjoyed cars and drove his first car at the age of 11, when he was too small to see over the steering wheel. Mr. Rose was also an entrepreneur. After following his father into the paint brush business, where he worked as a paint brush salesman, Mr. Rose founded Paint Brush Corporation in 1946 in Melrose Park, IL. PBC started by making industrial brushes for commercial painters. The motto for his brushes: "Only one grade – the very best." In 1953, he invented a parts cleaning brush for cleaning automotive parts. Today, these brushes are used in parts cleaning systems around the world. In 1972, Paint Brush Corporation relocated to Vermillion. Mr. Rose was active in the American Brush Manufacturers Association and served as chairman of the Ethics Committee and president of the association. Mr. Rose was a breeder and exhibitor of English Bull Terriers, an interest that he acquired from his father. A Bull Terrier bred by his kennel Bull Terriers of Melrose won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, America's premier dog show. Mr. Rose was active in the Bull Terrier Club of America serving as the club's president from 1971 to 1973. He conceived and organized the first Silverwood competition, which has grown to be the Bull Terrier Club's signature competition. A devoted husband, father, grand and great-grandfather, Mr. Rose was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Joyce deBarros, and his son, Douglas Kent Rose, Jr. He is survived by two daughters, Leslie Johnson and Barbara Kilponen, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and his business partner of 62 years, Mary J. Bremer Local arrangements were handled by the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, funeral arrangements will be held on Saturday in Willow Springs, IL. For online condolences and obituary please visit

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