In Loving Memory…

Beverly J. “BJ” Rose

Beverly Jean “B.J.” Rose, 89, of Sedalia, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at EW Thompson Health and Rehab.

He was born March 21, 1929, in Sedalia, son of John A. and Irma L. (Love) Rose.

Mr. Rose served in field artillery in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a Lieutenant during combat and was then promoted to Captain.

He graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Wildlife Resources. He then earned his Master’s in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. He was a wildlife biologist for the Montana Fish and Game Department and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Later he worked for the National Wildlife Federation and Ducks Unlimited, from where he retired. He led bird watching tours around the world for about ten years and enjoyed bird photography. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his retirement he worked as a door greeter at Walmart.

Surviving are two sons, Alan Rose, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Roger Rose, of Sedalia; an adopted daughter, Tammy Rose, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Gayle Rooks, of Sedalia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Douglas Rose.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.


  1. Julie Sieving :

    Gayle and family, I am so sorry for your loss, BJ was a really awesome person.

  2. I am sorry for your loss I worked with BJ at Walmart he was one of my favorite people greeter

  3. Angie Stuart :

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with BJ at Walmart for many years. He was a wonderful, kind hearted man who will be very missed. I’m keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Carolyn Burrows :

    I work with BJ at Walmart. It was a privilege to know BJ and to have had the opportunity to speak with. What an incredibly intelligent well read gentleman. God has certainly gained a great sole.

  5. Monte Taylor - Tustin Ranch, CA :

    So saddened by our loss. BJ to me was larger than life, and he instilled in me a great deal, that brought me the largest and happiest joys throughout my life. He gave me direction that I did not find from others. He was a Father figure to me as well, and many a time I would talk to him about life’s issues, and be given love and direction, time and time again. And he always showed that to many of the friends that shared our relationship with him. I wish right now I could just give you a big hug and tell you how special you are.

    No one will ever be all that BJ was to me in my life.

    My prayers for all family members and friends. As we reflect on all that BJ was to us, it is my prayer that we “pay it forward” to others just as BJ touched us.

    I will have a huge smile on my face though one day, as we are again reunited in Christ. Love you BJ!!

  6. Kate Somerville :

    B.J., I am sorry I did not find you earlier. I have missed you. Your photo of a Northern Jacana still hangs on my refrigerator. You were a terrific birding companion and a lot of fun. Those who knew you have my condolences, we all love you.

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