Obituary for Kord Roosen-Runge

Kord Roosen-Runge

Kord Edward Roosen-Runge, a champion of children and families, passed away at home on Whidbey Island on October 16 surrounded by the light of many candles, the sound of Vivaldi, and his family.

Kord moved to Seattle in 1953 when his father, Edward, joined the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He graduated from Garfield High School and received his graduate degree in social work from UW. He went on to help found Open Door Clinic and Youth Advocates. Throughout his life he was a tireless advocate for social justice issues and children and families. He had a special ability to bring out the best in people even in the most difficult situations. During his time on Whidbey Island, Kord continued his advocacy work in a variety of ways, such as serving on the board of the Veteran’s Resource Center. His devotion to his family and community was a constant theme.

Kord, his wife of 37 years, Cheryn Weiser, and daughters Danielle and Megan moved to Freeland, Whidbey Island in 1994. Both daughters graduated from South Whidbey High School. Danielle, her husband Chris and their son Weston live in Freeland; daughter Megan and her husband Nicko live in Seattle. Kord is also survived by his loving sisters, Anne Waterman and Ursula Roosen-Runge and their spouses Bob Waterman and Chuck Scurlock, as well as the families of his dear nieces and nephews.

A memorial is being planned for January 14 on Whidbey Island. For more information about the memorial and to share your story about Kord, email

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