Lawrence “Larry” Lee Rosine (aka w0og) age 92, passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2023 at Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park, KS. He was born December 11, 1930 to Wilbur and Dorothy (Deal) Rosine in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. Larry was everything from a farm boy, surveyor, draftsman in the Corp of Engineers, university instructor, electrical engineer, consultant with NASA and NSF to name a couple, writer, editor, avid ham radio builder and operator. He built his first crystal set radio when he was nine years old, which sparked his love and passion for radios, especially amateur radios.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, cousin Gene Rosine and sister-in-law Debbie Brick.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sally Thompson Rosine, his three daughters Linda Rosine (Harold Farren), Catherine Rosine (Julie Jager), Anna Rosine Leitch (Robert), nephews Aaron Brick (Tylynn) and Jamie Brick (Nicole), including four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, five great nieces and nephews, and their beloved dog Bowser.
Larry was born in Kansas City, and spent a large part of his childhood moving to small towns along the Missouri River Valley because his dad worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. One of his favorite childhood memories was staying with his grandparents. Herman and Anna had a farm near Stewardson, Illinois. Larry and Gene, his cousin, had many adventures on the farm. Larry told many stories about fishing with his cousin, sneaking bread off of grandma's windowsill, and scooping butter out of the top of the butter churn. Once a biplane landed in the Rosine’s field for repairs, and the pilot took both boys up individually, without their grandparents' knowledge, to view the farm from above. Larry was so scared he never looked out of the plane. Years later he took flying lessons and got his pilot’s license!
He went to many grade schools in Missouri. Larry was highly intelligent, and taught himself to read by the age of three. He was at a restaurant and a couple said, “Oh how cute. He’s pretending to read the paper.” His dad told the couple that he was REALLY reading, and then he had him read some of the paper to them. When he graduated from first grade, he was proficient in multiplication and division, reading, and geography. When he was a teenager, he moved to Kansas City and attended Paseo High class of 1949.
He attended two years at Kansas City Junior College, then moved on to the Rolla Missouri School of Mines where he studied Electronics and Communication Engineering. He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science and Electrical Engineering. In 1964 he studied Mass Communications in Radio/TV/Film at the University of Denver where he earned his MA degree. He worked on a Doctorate Degree, and though he didn't finish, his thesis was on how radio influenced F.D.R’s presidential campaign. This thesis was published in a book written by his professor. He studied at the University of Kansas and earned an MBA. Because his professor told the class that no one had ever scored 100% on his statistics final, Larry took the challenge and proved him wrong. He was the smartest man his children ever knew.
In his distinguished career, Larry held a variety of positions which included surveyor for the cities of Overland Park and Prairie Village, repairing radios for The Army Corp of Engineers, many years at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City. At MRI he consulted with many and varied corporations and branches of the government including NASA and NSF. He moved to Denver and worked for the Denver Research Institute as an engineer while teaching radio and television repair at nights for the Denver Radio and Television Institute. He was the editor for two magazines, EDN in Denver for several years, and then Electrotechnology, in Michigan City, Indiana. Wilcox Electric in Kansas City hired him to work on a new instrument landing system for airplanes. He then worked for Black and Veatch International where he traveled extensively to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Larry loved to cook, rarely using recipes. He enjoyed nice restaurants and was sad to see the Gaslight Grill close. He built and repaired ham radios. He also collected and repaired antique radios. He had quite the collection that took up, well let's just say, a lot of room! He attended field days for ham operators and enjoyed going to ham shows. He would contact amateur radio operators all over the world and collect their call letter postcards. He loved fishing. He enjoyed antique cars, and was very knowledgeable about how they ran and were built. He had quite a large sized vegetable garden and loved gardening and expected Sally to “can” all his produce!. He could fix anything that was broken, without needing to look at YouTube videos!
Larry volunteered for Canine Companions with his wife Sally. They raised several highly trained puppies that would become service dogs. He volunteered at the Ensor Park Museum in Olathe, Kansas. He enjoyed assisting amateur radio operators in connecting family and friends during natural disasters including hurricane Katrina and the 1972 earthquake in Nicaragua. In the past, he was president of the Antique Radio Club.
Favorite memories include how he loved setting up his girls’ Santa gifts. He also loved taking them to the mountains to fish and camp. Larry instilled a love of animals in his kids. He had many beloved dogs in his long life, beginning with Peterhans and ending with Bowser. There are just too many to count! 🐾. He and Sally enjoyed sharing delicious meals with their Gourmet Club friends.
Celebration of Life will be at Village Presbyterian Church on Antioch, Jan. 2nd, 2024 at 11:00, 14895 Antioch Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221 with a light lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Canine Companions North Central Chapter, 7480 New Albany-Condit Rd, New Albany, Ohio 43054 care of Nancy Whetstone or Antique Wireless Association P.O. Box 421, Bloomfield, NY 14469.
‘73’ from W0OG
Celebration of Life will be at Village Presbyterian Church on Antioch, Jan. 2nd, 2024 at 11:00, 14895 Antioch Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221 with a light lunch to follow.
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Oh the stories Larry would tell around the oak kitchen table were the best. He and my dad were engineers so it always seemed like I was sitting next to family. Heck he is family to me. Larry and I had several things in common, too. Dogs, Dogs, Dogs, Cilantro, Gazpacho soup extra heavy on the cilantro, Rye Old-Fashioneds and he made the best ones, the love of talking (and listening!), Birds, and Good food. I miss him, yet have decades of memories that will always remind me of him. Thank you, Larry.