John E. Cooney

June 3, 1945July 16, 2013

John E. Cooney, 68, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 19th, 1:00 p.m., at Church of the Nativity, 3800 West 119th, Leawood, KS, with burial following in Johnson County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 18th, at McGilley State Line Chapel, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., where the Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m., followed by Coondog stories. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Mother’s Shrine - St. Patrick Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1098, Highway 5, 176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO, 65038. John was born June 3, 1945, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Raymond and Ellen Cooney. He attended the University of Iowa and served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. He married Sue Rakers in 1968 and together they raised three children. John was a successful entrepreneur. He enjoyed golfing and boating. John loved his family, many friends and his beloved dog, Al. John was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim Cooney. He is survived by his children; John Cooney, Jr., Jenny (Guy) Pithie, Jill Cooney and four grandchildren, Carson, Joe, Chloe and Gwen.


  • Rosary Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 19, 2013

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serena sly

June 30, 2014

Hey John, I love you always. This breaks my heart. Rest well my love, and give them hell.

December 5, 2013

Jill, i'm so sorri. i know how you feel. i wish i could have ben there for you. love Joe.

Ron & Charlene Schlotzhauer

September 25, 2013

I just learned on Johns passing what a shock to hear the news. I will never forget all the great times we had golfing and skiing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Johns family. heaven has received a new spark!


July 25, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Cooney. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Monica Glennon

July 24, 2013

I am so grateful to have known John. He was the most amazing person to work for and was such a blessing. We all worked very hard for him and wanted to make the company successful. He was caring and such a genuine person. He will dearly missed. My heart goes out to his family, with much sympathy, Monica

Nancy Cormany Burfield

July 23, 2013

John and I were good friends in high school, though I never called him "chops". He was always fun loving and caring of others. I'm deeply sorry that he passed at such a young age.
Be with God, John.

Denise Coiner

July 22, 2013

Chops (don't know how he got the nickname- well kind of) had just a great personality and kept us all laughing in high school as well as at the reunions. He was a great football player in high school and few know that John and I were in personality and dance classes together in our preschool years. (he would say it developed his co-ordination)
He was just a great friend to everyone and it was so hard to hear at our 50th that he was gone.
My deepest and sincere sympathy to John's family. We have lost one great guy!
DD Dietz Coiner

Judy Krantz Gaviser

July 22, 2013

"Chops" was dearly missed at our Waterloo West high school reunion this past weekend and was warmly remembered by all.

Dee & Joel Covinsky

July 20, 2013

We're going to miss Big John's gregarious personality. We have many fond memories of all the fun we had with the Cooneys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Michael Cooney

July 20, 2013

I am the nephew of John and his godchild. I remember him vividly growing up as a child as my dad's younger brother and doing things with him and his family including holidays when I was very young I had lost contact in recent years. It is a very sad day and my thoughts go to all who knew him including his family.