Brian S. Akabane

April 19, 1974April 16, 2010

In loving memory. . . . Brian S. Akabane died unexpectedly on April 16, 2010. Brian was a devoted husband, brother, son, father, and friend whose death will be mourned and his life celebrated. Brian is survived by his wife Winnie and his step-son Andrew (both of Lee's Summit, Missouri), his mother Eiko and step- father Russell (both of St. Joseph, Missouri), his brother Eddie (of Honolulu, Hawaii), his sister Angel (of San Diego, California) and countless friends and associates privileged enough to have know him. Brian was born April 19, 1974 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Brian graduated from Central High School in 1992, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. In 1997, Brian graduated with honors from Missouri State University. While at Missouri State, Brian was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After college, Brian began his career at Hallmark Cards in the Information Technology Division. After seven years, Brian went to work for Accenture as a Consultant. In 2008, Brian returned to Hallmark as a Project Manager in Information Technology. Brian was an avid athlete and runner who qualified this past fall for the Boston Marathon in his first attempt. Brian competed every year in the Kansas City Corporate Challenge in multiple events. In 2004 Brian was named Hallmark's Corporate Challenge Athlete of the Year. His favorite events included swimming, track, weightlifting, and Tug- of-War. Although his life was tragically cut short, Brian lived each day to the fullest, and was an inspiration to all that knew him. Brian was loved by many, and will be missed by all. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening April 20, 2010 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home located at 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 21, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Birchwood Church located at 3883 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Independence, Missouri. The family suggests donations to World Vision or the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Missouri State University for their scholarship fund. Donations may be sent in memory of Brian Akabane. On condolences may be made to Arrangements under the direction of Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 20, 2010
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Jamie McDonald

April 28, 2010

I really don't have any words. I am so sorry. Brian was a great man. Always positive and smiling. It has been many years but when I remember Brian I remember his smile. I am so sorry for your loss.

penny vandiver

April 27, 2010

Dear Winnie-
I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking of you and your son so much. Please know I am praying for you both.
Much Love,
Penny Vandiver

Parul Varshney

April 25, 2010

Winnie- I'm really sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I had worked with Brian at Accenture and always enjoyed the time that i worked with him. He encouraged me on my first project. He will be missed.

Chad Terry

April 21, 2010

Very proud to have had Brian as a fraternity brother and friend. He was always one to look up to academically, socially, name it, Brian excelled at it. All of us can use his passing to find ways to improve our own lives - to do it like Brian would have. Never one to judge, always there to offer encouragement. Goodbye Brian, you will be missed by all. I'm sorry I was unable to come to KC for the services. To his family, please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you gather strength from the many stories of how Brian touched the lives of others.

Bryan Fugate

April 21, 2010

To the Akabane family:
I am deeply sorry to hear about the loss of a great brother, father, son, husband, and friend. I wish I could be there to mourn the loss, and celebrate the life of Brian. Know that you are all in my prayers.


April 21, 2010

Andrew and Mrs. Akabane,

On today you will by saying good bye to your dearest father, husband, and friend . I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray God's peace, which He has provided to each of His children. As each of you figure out life without your dad/father's physical presence, please know he can always be with you in spirit. I will keep you in my prayers, to the Lord who keeps his children in perfect peace. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, sitting at the right hand of the Father. I pray you find comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place and is smiling down on each of you every day! God Bless you and your family today and always

Robin Gray
LSN Guidance Department

Amanda (Fisher) Spicer

April 21, 2010

My thoughts are with the Akabane's today as they say goodbye to dear Brian. You were such an inspirational athlete and I hold dear the times us PEST kids grew up together and cherish all the wonderful family I have to this day b/c of those times. I'll remember trips to Oceans of Fun, Show-Me State Games, and all the times Brian would reign us in before getting up to too much trouble. You will be missed and my heart goes out to your family and those who were priviledged enough to call you a friend ----AJ Fisher

Clayton Holland

April 21, 2010

I knew Brian while at Missouri State University. During that time he left a deep impression on me as a man of integrity and honor. He was able to enjoy life while always being a great role model for others. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Y.I.T.B. Clayton Holland

Rajeev Rangachari

April 21, 2010

Brian, It has been a privilege working with you. We are very sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you and the Akabane family during the difficult days ahead.

Kurt Kloster

April 21, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I knew Brian from Corporate Challenge swimming. I remember Brian as always being very happy and was liked by everyone. May you find peace with you memories of him.