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James J. Rosser

Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 3:18 pm

James J. Rosser, 62, of Centralia died Thursday, October 6, 2022, at his home.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Centralia City Cemetery.

Jim was born on November 9, 1959, in Mexico, Missouri, the first son of John Wilson and Joyce Maxine (Phelps) Rosser.

He was a 1978 graduate of Centralia High School and attended the University of Missouri where he studied sociology.

Early in his work experience, he was employed by the Centralia Fireside Guard.  Jim later worked for various restaurants and grocery stores over his lifetime. He was an exceptional cook and barbecue pitmaster. He loved reading and enthusiastically enjoyed music: listening and singing, playing his guitar, and writing new compositions.  His passions also included creating visual art, mainly drawing in pencil and charcoal. He also loved time outdoors, particularly gardening, riding his bike, and camping. His skills in massage therapy were appreciated by many, including his mother.

Jim had a great sense of humor, was very generous, and shared his positivity with those around him.  His smile was remarkable.

Jim is survived by his siblings, Janice Vanderhoof of Denville, NJ, A. Jeannine Goss (Glenn) of Arlington, TX, M. Janie Wood (Jim) of Kansas City, MO, Jeff Rosser (Melissa Mateer) of Salt Lake City, UT; nieces and nephews, Tim Vanderhoof, Daniel Goss, Jonathan Goss, Paul Wood, Jeremy Wood, Matthew Wood, Stephanie Sadineni, and Marsha Marmolejo; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Centralia Public Library, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Heart Association. These may be sent in care of Fenton-Kendrick Funeral Home, 104 S. Collier St., Centralia, MO 65240.

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