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Dr. Jan B Roosa, 94, of KCMO died peacefully in the company of family on Tues Dec 21, 2021. He was born to professors Walter Laidlaw Roosa and Giannina Bertorotta Roosa on April 19, 1927, in Urbana, Illinois. His childhood tales included freely roaming Urbana’s streets at age 5 and riding along on housecalls with his uncle, a doctor who worked until he was 98. No doubt inspired by him, he made an effort to stay healthy; his pockets rattled with vitamins he would carry. He never planned to retire, and worked as a clinical psychologist until Nov 10, the day before he went into the hospital.
He graduated from the University Laboratory High School (a.k.a. Uni High) and the University of Illinois and earned both a master’s and PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver. His Competence Based programs and decision-making models, including SOCS and later variations, help people in his community and far beyond navigate challenges and conflicts every day, and have been adopted by numerous schools and community organizations. He taught everyone he met something, if they would listen. Over his long career he was in private practice for over 58 years, taught at William Woods College, UMKC, and KU Med, and worked with youth, with the Mattie Rhodes Center, the Black Panthers, the Air Force, the VA, University of Denver, and many hospitals.
Jan always had a joke for his fellow golfers, enjoyed sharing the newspaper comics, and loved good and bad puns. He wore the same tweed hat every winter and was once known for his wild golf pants (finally shelved in the late 80s). A child of the Great Depression, he wouldn’t waste money on a new car. He instead supported local car repair shops. He served as a Navy corpsman during WWII and Korea. He raged against government and corporate bureaucracy, even in his last days.
Jan is survived by his loving wife, Joan Roosa; children and stepchildren Sarah Ferrise, Todd Edgington, Mark Silvey, and Rhonda Roosa; grandchildren Martin Edgington, William Edgington, Cody Brown, Shayne Brown, Mark Silvey, Jr., Stephanie Brownlee, Kaden Walker, August Walker; and great grandchild Bentley Brownlee; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and 2 children, David Roosa and Juliana Brown.
A celebration of Dr. Jan B Roosa’s life will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Heartland Cremation and Burial Society: 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown MO 64133. To view Jan’s Service click on the following link at 2:00 PM the day of the service. JAN ROOSA’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE.
Military Honors: Taps & Presentation of the Flag. 2:00 PM
Visitation 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sharing of Jan’s Eulogy by family and friends: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Until then “stay in trouble.”