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Rosen, Samuel Russell

Samuel Russell Rosen, commonly called “Sam” and “Sonny” by lifelong friends and family, passed away Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sam was born May 3, 1927, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Hyman and Anna (Soraka) Rosen.

He attended Francis Willard Elementary, Paseo High School and KCMO Junior College, graduating with a degree in architecture. Sam was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served a tour of duty in Germany as a medevac with the 110th Combat Engineer’s Battalion, and the Kansas City, Missouri, National Guard. As a civilian, he practiced architecture with the U.S. government and the Kansas City firms of Bloomgarten & Frohwerk and Voskamp & Slezak. In 1958, he established his own practice, Samuel R. Rosen, A.I.A. (commercial and residential) and retired in 2004. He held registrations in Missouri, Kansas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma and Minnesota with N.C.A.R.B. certification. 

Sam met Marion Kars, his bride of 53 years, at his best friend Harris Lee’s wedding. She was the love of his life until her death in 2004. Sam was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom of Kansas City, AZA B’nai B’rith Youth, B’nai B’rith Heart of America Lodge, the Kansas City Jewish War Veterans, the Masonic Lodge, and Professional Kansas City Chapter of American Institute of Architects.

In 2007, Sam moved to Las Vegas for the winters and by 2016 made Las Vegas his permanent home where he remained independent and active until his death. His weekly routine consisted of breakfast/lunch with friends on Tuesdays and Thursdays, blackjack tournaments on Wednesdays, and worship services at Temple Beth Sholom on Saturday mornings. Sundays were for NFL, as he was an avid K.C. Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also loved NASCAR. He loved to travel and drive on long trips. This past January, he drove through snow, ice and rain, and made the long trek to Kansas City to see the Chiefs/Steelers playoff game.

In his lifetime, Sam made many friends wherever he went — young and old, all ethnicities and all faiths. He loved to tell his stories to all that would listen. He would reminisce about his many trips to Las Vegas, in the junket days, when Vegas still had dirt or tar streets and you could buy a steak for 29 cents. 

Sam will be greatly missed. He always said, “Each day was a blessing” and “every day was a good day.” He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Sam is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife; and three sisters, Esther Singmon, Miriam Friedberg and Pearl Gottlieb. He is survived by his two daughters, Helene Rosen of Las Vegas and Sherri (Monte) Rodgers of Overland Park, Kansas; two granddaughters, Blair and Paige Rodgers; two brothers-in-law; Sam Gottlieb and Harry Friedberg; many nieces and nephews, their children and their children’s children; and his adopted Las Vegas family, Jerry and Elaine Jacobs.

Burial was held at King David Memorial Chapel & Cemetery on Oct. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. Memorial donations are requested to be made to Sam’s favorites: Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209, American Heart Association, 6800 W. 93rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66212; American Cancer Society c/o University of Kansas Hospital, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS  66460; and Veterans Village, 1150 Las Vegas Blvd So., Las Vegas, NV 89104. May his memory be full of blessings.

Arrangements by King David Memorial Chapel.