Brian Eugene Cooper

Brian Eugene Cooper (57) was born on April 4,1966 in Kansas City Missouri, to Orville and Barbara Cooper. Brian was the youngest of three children and was born 11 years after his sister Diana and 10 years after his brother Bub. Being the baby of the family and having that much age difference between him and his siblings, almost guaranteed that he would be both picked on and spoiled. This really explains a lot about the colorful and imaginative character Brian grew up to be.

Brian was gifted with many talents. Early in his life he developed a deep love and appreciation of the Martial Arts. He worked hard, practicing and perfecting his craft which earned him a black belt. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the martial arts with his family and friends and even taught it to some. He enjoyed writing songs, creating music videos, gardening, hiking and could always be found outdoors working on a project. In 2014 he moved from his childhood home in South Kansas City to his home in Lincoln Missouri. Brian loved nature and animals. He was a people person and never met a stranger. Whether you were a homeless drifter or the Emperor of China, he would talk to you like you had known each other for years. Brian had the ability to look past the dirt and grime, the glitz and glamour and see people for who they really are…just simple human beings trying to make it in this world. Some struggle more than others, but in the end, no one gets out alive.

Brian was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Connie. He leaves behind his loving siblings, Diana Hogan and Bub (Orville Jr.) Cooper (Sherry), 2 nieces, 4 nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews, several cousins and numerous friends. Take your fondest memories and hold them close, for that is all we have left.


  1. Sherry Bayless on January 9, 2024 at 5:33 pm

    Brian was a great friend to my family.. Treated my kids like they were his nieces and nephews.. He will be missed by my family..

  2. Cynthia Neal on January 9, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Brian will be missed by many. So many good times. Prayers to his family. RIP my friend. Love ya!!

  3. andersons rental % Bo on January 9, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Brian touched many lives with his personality and talent ! Truly one of the most talented creative artistic people I’ve ever meet ! Till we meet again my friend ! ??

  4. andersons rental % Bo on January 9, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Brian touched many lives with his personality and talent ! Truly one of the most talented creative artistic people I’ve ever meet ! Till we meet again my friend ! ??

  5. Jeanette Draper on January 9, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    Brian was more to us then just a friend, he was family, in last 10 years there wasn’t a day that we didn’t spend time with him. Our lives were changed by his presence and will be more deeply changed by his absence. We send our love and prayers to all his family and friends.

  6. Bob Hancock on January 9, 2024 at 6:34 pm

    Brian will be fondly remembered by me for his smile & kind eyes. He would stop by the Roundhouse just to see if I needed help with anything. Being incapacitated he would help me gas up or fix my golf cart. And being Brian he would never let me pay him for anything helped fix.

    I will miss Brian & his little red Tonkota truck coming around the Roundhouse.just to say “Hi”. May God welcome you home my friend.

  7. Jimmy Draper on January 9, 2024 at 7:16 pm

    I’m at a loss for words. I’ve lost another brother and the world has lost an amazingly bright light. There isn’t anything in my line of site that Brian didn’t touch or work on with me, Including our hearts. As crazy as it may sound to everyone he was my voice of reason. He will be missed

  8. Ava Thomas on January 9, 2024 at 9:26 pm

    To whomever wrote this, it is spot on and so beautiful. Thank you ??

    It is so difficult to express how much he affected my life, and the lives of many others, just by being himself.
    He was the only person who could make me laugh, many times until I cried…..Every.Single.Day. I loved him so much for his awesome gift of contagious laughter. Those stories of his weren’t only funny, they were meaningful, especially if he sensed you were struggling. He always seemed to know when I was struggling and just the right thing to say.

    Tonight I was thinking that this would be one of those nights (crap weather, restaurants closed) where he’d show up and ask if I’d make him a sandwich. He’d come in, I’d share whatever supper I had with him, and I’d sit there listening to his stories and just crack up! I really started looking forward to those Mon/Tues nights when he’d show up and we’d eat, talk, and laugh. It was my Brian therapy.

    I love you and miss you so much Coop. I wish we had more time, but I am so blessed for the time I did get with you. Your funny stories, your advice, your kindness to everyone. I am such a better person because of you and you will always have a piece of my heart.

    Fly High My Friend ??

  9. Mugsy DeWalt on January 10, 2024 at 6:05 pm

    Brian was more than a friend he was like family me my wife and our kids would go swimming in the lake and creek with him and his granddaughter we would visit him daily when we lived in Lincoln he was always cracking jokes and making people laugh working on his house cars and motorcycle or cruising the back roads in those ozark hills he was a really good friend more like a big brother he was a damn good man he will be missed by so many people the world will never be the same now that he’s gone you will forever be in our hearts and in our prayers till we meet again give heaven some hell

  10. Jeff McRoy on January 11, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    We had alot of fun and raised a little hell in the 90s. Our paths crossed again a few years ago when my family moved to the ozarks. Loved all the nights of telling stories, laughing and reminiscing about our younger years and all the people we knew. You were always there to lend a helping hand. You will be missed by me, Sandy and Buck. Rest easy brother.

  11. Lisa Fletcher on January 12, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    BRIAN….. so many memories, we have known each other since kindergarten, we lost contact as we got older but I often thought about you and what you were up to. We had a lot of fun when we were young. R I P. Love you

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