Bill Cooper

November 13, 1953August 5, 2018
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It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Cooper announces his passing after a brief illness on August 5, 2018, at the age of 64. Bill was born on November 13, 1953 in Kansas City, MO to Ermal Guy Cooper and Alverda Helena Nanneman. Bill graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1972 and immediately began working for Corn Products/National Starch/Ingredion for 46 years. In September of 1991 Bill married the love of his life Patty Bates.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bobby.

Bill leaves behind his wife of 27 years Patty; their children Neil (Charity), Jason (Ryanne), Amy (Shane), and Steven (Kira). His sisters Vicky and Susie (Mark) .

Bill will be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren Courtney, Nick, MaKayla, Nolan, Bella, Jordan, Maxx, Ava, Adelina, (coming Feb. 2019) William Guy; 2 great grandchildren Silas and Naomi; several nieces and nephews Andrea, Natalie, Sean, Brett, Trisha, Jimmy, Beau and Lisa; Aunt Marie, Aunt Charlene and Uncle Charlie, Aunt Judy, Aunt Sharon, Aunt Erma, and many beloved cousins.

A visitation in memory of Bill will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 5-7pm with a service following from 7-7:30pm at the White Chapel Funeral Home.


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Neil Rice

September 1, 2018

Bill was the kindest and most giving individual I’ve ever known.
I will always be greatful for the loving and caring you should me,
So many great memories.

You will truly be missed and your family loves you so much.

We truly lost a great man, RIP Bill

Angela Waltz

August 19, 2018

The world lost yet another light worker this week. My dear neighbor and friend Bill was so well loved and touched so many people with his "salt of the earth" qualities. He was only 65 when he passed.

Bill's funeral yesterday ran the gamut of life. From a visitation that reverberated inside the room like a party - laughing, sharing, talking - to a service that poured out broken hearts and sorrow in a flood of audible tears. It was truly a celebration of life and I will never forget the emotion and stories shared at the podium during the eulogies. Bill's family and friends brought their A Game to this most real and raw of human experiences, to poignantly recount their beloved's life in the wake of their loss.

Bill truly touched every single person in that packed room. He accepted everyone without judgement. And he gave people the room they needed to be themselves, and supported them, steadied them, lifted them up. Bill didn't compete, or need the spotlight, or need to be right. He was a true giver.

Cheers to Bill, and bless him for his easygoing manner, quiet kindness and evolved, unselfish soul that only knew love and giving.

This was the setting sun when we left Bill's funeral last night. I am blessed to have known Bill and also to have received his kindness and generosity of spirit. Rest in peace, Bill, but keep sending us energy. This world will have to keep holding the light without the earthly help of your big and bright soul.

Linda Bathgate

August 13, 2018

I met you through Patty. I remember the first day that we met, because you were dating my best friend. Something about you just connected with me and I really liked you from the start. And I’m so glad you married my best friend. She really picked wonderful guy when she picked you !!!! I had so much fun when you used to do the white elephant party. All of you tricked me and got me really good one year, it was a lot of fun. Love you, rest in peace Bill Cooper

Roger Svetlecic

August 10, 2018

It seems like yesterday that we were flying down the slopes on a ski trip or playing softball in Northtown. You worked hard and you played hard. You always had that easy going vibe, exuding confidence, positivity and a little bit of irreverence. I knew you, Bill, before you began your family life. I know you had to be a great dad because you were a great friend and a good human being. You have left us too early and will surely be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
Now for a favorite memory: In either 1980 or '81 Bill planned a Colorado ski trip. Two van loads of us and another traveler that couldn't stay for the whole week. Bill, being the nice guy he is, offered to ride for a while with the guy that would have to leave early. The vehicle they were riding in? A Volkswagen Beetle with no heat and a hole in the floor. This was before cell phones. Somehow they became separated from the caravan and Bill rode nearly the entire way in the Beetle. Most of the way scraping ice off the inside of the windshield. But Bill never complained, chalked it up to "adventure". Bill was always off on an adventure in those days. He had energy to burn and a love for sports. Bill had a love for life and it was infectious. There was no such thing as a stranger to Bill. Only new friends.

Amy Feurer

August 9, 2018

You never turned your back on me. You always treated me and loved me like your daughter and I was and I was so proud to be. I love you so much and there won't be a day that goes by that Idont think of you. The words we shared in moments alone will forever play in my mind and push me to be a better person. I can't to see you and be with you again. Until then I'll know your watching over us all and guiding us from above. Your daughter, Amy.

Cody Sullivan

August 8, 2018

Remember being at 2nd base and looking over my shoulder Lol There was Bill cigar in 🤚 hand under a tree 🌲 ! From just basic rides home after a late game to literally putting food in my belly . I appreciate you Bill Cooper 🙌 Keep your head up Steven 🤙