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In Memory of

Tommy L. Cooper

February 13, 1927 - August 1, 2017

Obituary


Tommy L. Cooper, 90, of Lee's Summit, MO, passed away on August 1, 2017 at St Luke's Hospital (Plaza), surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line RD, Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at St. Matthew Presbyterian Church, 2217 High Grove RD, Grandview, MO. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetary, 8251 Hillcrest RD, Kansas City, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to (1) St. Matthew Presbyterian Church (2) St....

Tommy L. Cooper, 90, of Lee's Summit, MO, passed away on August 1, 2017 at St Luke's Hospital (Plaza), surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line RD, Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at St. Matthew Presbyterian Church, 2217 High Grove RD, Grandview, MO. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetary, 8251 Hillcrest RD, Kansas City, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to (1) St. Matthew Presbyterian Church (2) St. Luke's Stroke Center or (3) Tabitha Ministries of Guatemala, made to Churchnet with Tabitha Ministry in memo line.

Tommy was born February 13, 1927 in Kansas City, Mo to Tommie Lee and Eva Farmer Cooper. His family moved back to Arkansas when he was just 3. He attended Valley Springs High School before signing up for the service during WWII. Tommy was a Merchant Marine first, then joined the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific during the War, rising to the rank of Coxswain while earning the Victory Medal and the Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Kansas City, MO where he went to work at the bus barn at 48th and Troost as a streetcar driver. This was why he and his brother Ralph moved into their boarding house apartment on 48th St, which happened to be one block from the home of his future bride and love of his life for the next 67 years, Mary Lou Porter. They married February 15, 1947 and together, had 3 children.

Tommy spent his years of employment in different areas. He drove streetcar for 10 years, then in 1958, went to work selling life insurance for Metropolitan Life Ins for several more years. He also drove heavy construction equipment for Holland Construction. His retirement was from Safeway/Food Barn where he had worked many years as a computer price checker.

Tommy and Mary Lou were devoted members of St. Matthew Presbyterian for more than 30 years. He served on the church board and also was an Elder.

He had a beautiful, gentle, generous heart, a dry quick witted sense of humor, and was loved by ALL. Tommy loved God. He and his father were saved at an old time revival when he was 14. He continued to be an avid Bible scholar the rest of his life. He loved family, friends, fishing and sports, GO ROYALS!

He was loved and did love all of his kids, grandkids, great grandkids and great great granddaughter. He sorely missed his soulmate, his person, his love of his life after the death of his wife of 67 years, Mary Lou.

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Cooper in 2014, their son, Michael D. Cooper, in 1978. Siblings, Ralph Cooper, Edward Cooper, Joyce Overton, and Robert Cooper and their parents.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Nancy Grashuis (Jack), Debra Freeman (Mark), 11 grandchildren, Deanna Rhodes, Brian Cooper (Jeanette), Natalie Pool (Eric), Rachael Zimmerman (Ed), Chris Freeman (Emily), Michael Clark(Michelle), Travis Freeman, Matt Clark (Megan), Tyler Freeman, Patrick Freeman, and Kyle Freeman (Brittany), 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter, as well as several nieces and nephews and countless friends, including his best friend, Ferd Giorza.

Through "small world" circumstances, he was reconnected with his childhood "buddy" from elementary and high school, Leonard Miller. They were able to share their detailed memories of life as kids in the hills of Arkansas after not having seen one another for over 65 years. They were able to visit one another twice. What a blessing to witness this and hear their stories.

Our family would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Tommy 's caregiver, Ebony Stephenson who has become like family. We are very fortunate to have been able to completely entrust our Dad's care to her. We would also like to thank everyone for your prayers and St. Luke's Neuro ICU and 4 Th floor for wonderful, compassionate care for our Dad and our family.

Tommy will be greatly missed, but as his 4 yr old great-great granddaughter, Kynslee said, "Papa Tommy has earned his angel's wings".

REST WELL, Dad