Mike Peplow

Michael “Mike” Oliver Peplow, age 58, passed from this earthly existence in the early morning of Thursday August 18th, 2016 at the University Hospital after a brave battle with an unexpected cascade of serious health issues and sepsis. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1 at the Reichmann Pavillion, 2300 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201. During the 27 days he spent in MICU he was lovingly attended by his partner of 31 years, Kathy Weinstock. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the hospital for all of their exceptional efforts and caring. Mike was born in Rolla, MO December 17th, 1957 to Frances and Warren Peplow. He suffered a partial spinal cord injury on July 4th, 1975 resulting in quadriplegia and still was able to graduate with his Rolla High School class in 1976. He moved permanently to Columbia, MO in 1987. He attended the University of MO and graduated with his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Computer Graphics. He was employed full time with the University for over 7 years, working in the Memorial Union in the Adaptive Computing Technology Center with students and faculty. After a serious illness in 2007, he retired from the University. He continued as a consultant with the Telecommunication Access Program for the Internet (TAP-I) program linking those eligible with Dragon Naturally Speaking software and provided training in its use. Throughout his time in Columbia, MO he at one time served on the board of directors at Services of Independent Living, he was a long time and current active member of both the City of Columbia’s Disability Committee and the Transportation Commission. He had many types of interests and hobbies including walking on the MKT trail, enjoyed day trips and travels like to the St. Louis Zoo, art museums, the KC Renaissance Festival, art fairs, and concerts. He had many beloved animal friends He is survived by his brothers Ronnie Peplow and Wayne Peplow and many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother David Peplow.


  1. Nick Henson on August 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Kathy and family: Mike was a good friend and colleague of my late father, Lee Henson. My Dad had a tremendous amount of respect and affection for Mike. Mike was always kind and always smiling when I would see him. My condolences to all of you on his passing. May peace be with all of you.

  2. Rachelle on August 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I remember Mike fondly from many years ago when I worked for him. He was always fun and full of life even if he was having trouble with his health or frustration about getting around town. I feel a bit shocked and sad to hear of this news and wish I would of had the opportunity to see him one last time. However, living in Hawaii for the past 10 years makes it a bit difficult to travel back to MO and find time to visit everyone. Kathy, you and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Byron Smith on August 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Mike as I will remember him always with a big smile on his face. Whenever we see each other we would be in long conversation trying to catch up with each others lives. Not having time to get it all in Kathy would say just get a hold of us and stop by.
    I feel bad that our busy lives sometime take us from our family and friends. When Mike and Kathy’s pet cat Hermies was laid to rest Mike called me to tell me in tears. He known I loved him too.

  4. Melanie and Larry Brown on August 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Dear Kathy & Family: We are very sad for your loss. In the short time we were acquainted, we could tell Mike is an amazing person in many ways. May treasured memories of 31 years of togetherness and his indomitable spirit provide a solace for you.

  5. Christopher Vitrano on January 30, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Never forgotten! Thanks for being a great Uncle to me for the short time I had you 🙂 <3

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