Juan Cruz Rocha 83, of Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in a Kansas City, MO hospital. He was born October 20, 1929 in St. Joseph, MO, son of Mercedes and Felix Rocha. He graduated from Holy Rosary catholic elementary, Christian Brothers high school, then went on to the St. Joseph Junior College and Iowa State University. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Northwest Missouri State University, and a Masters Degree from Fort Hayes State. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marines and is a veteran of the Korean War. He retired as a State Director for migrant education from the State of Kansas. While in high school he was selected as an All City Basketball player. He attended St. James Catholic Church. Juan was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Laurie Rocha, two brothers, Robert Bob Rocha and Adolpho Rocha and a sister, Nadine Cortez. Survivors include three sons, Tim and John Rocha of Riverside, MO and Thomas Rocha of St. Joseph, MO, a brother, Arthur Rocha and wife Julia of St. Joseph, MO, two grandsons, Joshua Rocha and Barry Chadd and a granddaughter, Riley Rocha. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 10:00 am at the St. James Catholic Church, Fr. Richard Rocha Celebrant. Friends may call after 10 am Saturday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm, Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Interment will be at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated and memorials are requested to the St. James Catholic Church. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com. Juan Cruz Rocha
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Feb. 16, 2013