August 5, 2004

(5/23/1947 7/28/2004)

Roger Alan Gooden, 57, of Kansas City, MO, died July 28, 2004, at his home.

He was born May 23, 1947, to Kenneth V. and Alice Marie Hissem Gooden in Ottumwa, IA.

He was a member of the Christian Church in Milton, IA.

Roger graduated from Fox Valley School at Milton, IA, in 1965, Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in 1969, and received his Masters degree at Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1970, at which time he and two other teachers developed a program, Creative Approach to Self-esteem, for inner city schools. He taught in Des Moines, IA two years and was Outreach Director of Youth Programs for YMCA. He moved to California and taught in the Oakland School District for seven years. He was president of the Oakland Education Association, CTA/NEA and served on NEAs Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. During this time, he was doing postgraduate work at Cal State University, Hayward, CA. He moved to Wichita, KS, where he was Executive Director for Kansas NEA for two years. In 1994, he moved to Kansas City, where he received numerous service awards including, recognition from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency and was a leader in the nations AIDS Advocacy programs. He was president of the Kansas City PRIDE Democratic Club, Chairman of Ryan White Care Committee; and Chairman of the National Association of People with AIDS.

Roger is survived by his mother of Memphis, MO; two sisters, Linda Bunch and husband, John of Memphis, MO, and Glenda Creath and husband, Larry of Hannibal, MO; a sister-in-law, Sharon Gooden of Ottumwa, IA; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, September 7, 1986; brother, Gary P. Gooden, December 14, 1999; grandparents, Earl and Delpha Gooden and Will and Ethel Hissem.

Visitation will open at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2004 in the Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis, MO, and a memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Accompanist will be Ann Luther and Lori and Joe Fulk will be the vocalists. Honorary bearers will be K. Alan Bunch, John Creath, Jr., Jeff Griffith, Ian Davis, Warren Marshall, Tom Matlock and David Gardine. Burial will follow in the Sunnyside Cemetery at Milton, IA. Memorials have been suggested to First Christian Church, Memphis, MO, American Cancer Society, or the MidAmerican Heart Association. Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis, MO is in charge of arrangements.

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