Jay Louis Roney, 69, director of community planning at the Social Security Administration from 1968 to 1978, died of cancer Dec. 25 at his home in Columbia.

Mr. Roney came to Washington in 1954, when he began a five-year tour as director of the Social Security Administration's bureau of public assistance. From 1959 to 1968, he was assistant director of the American Public Welfare Association.

He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Public Welfare Association and the National Conference of Social Work. He was a member of the Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Mr. Roney was a graduate of Augustana College in his native South Dakota. He earned a master's degree in social work at what is now Case Western Reserve University.

He was director of public assistance for South Dakota from 1940 to 1943. He was executive director of Lutheran social services of Minnesota and then a welfare representative in the Kansas City office of the U.S. Children's Bureau before moving to Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, of Columbia; three daughters, Susan Thompson of LaCrosse, Wis., Linda Faucette of Atlanta, and Jennifer Razes of Columbia; his mother, Carrie Roney of Dell Rapids, S.D.; a sister, Faye Gienapp of Madison, S.D., and five grandchildren.