In honor of Rocky, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Concussion Legacy Fund. https://concussionfoundation.org/CTE-resources/what-is-CTE The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home.
Roger “Rocky” Rosema, age 73, a native of Grand Rapids, peacefully passed away in his sleep the morning of January 15, 2020 after suffering concussion residuals. Born on February 5, 1946 in Grand Rapids to William and Lois Rosema. Rocky graduated from Grand Rapids Central High School in 1964 as a competitive athlete. He played football, basketball and ran track. He was recruited by the University of Michigan and played as a defensive end and linebacker from 1965-1968. Rocky attained a degree in biology. The St. Louis Football Cardinals signed Rocky as a fifth-round draft pick and played for the Cards as a linebacker from 1968 to 1971. During his professional football career, Rocky married his wife of 49 years, Darlene Rosema (Reichert). Together they raised two daughters he adored. Rocky was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Rocky was best known for his devotion to his family, his quick wit, dry sense of humor, athletic prowess, and his affinity for the University of Michigan. He’ll be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lois Rosema. Rocky is survived by his wife, Darlene “Dar” Rosema, two daughters, Taryn (Jon) Rushman and Kari Rosema, three grandchildren, Nathan and Lydia Rushman and Preston Ratliff and four siblings, Larry (Char) Rosema, Jerry (Penny) Rosema, Robert (Mary) Rosema and Arlene (Scott) Graham.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Roger “Rocky” Rosema will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Porter Hills Village Meeting House, 3600 E Fulton Street, Grand Rapids MI 49546. A luncheon will follow the service.