Nicholas "Nick" Alan Cooper
June 10, 1995 – July 31, 2018
Nicholas “Nick” Alan Cooper 23, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on July 31, 2018 after a tragic car accident.
He was born on June 10, 1995 in Olathe, Kansas and grew up in Overland Park attending Overland Trail Elementary & Overland Trail Middle schools. He graduated in 2013 from Blue Valley North High School. Nick will always be remembered by his smile! He was Caring, Fun-Loving, Kind, Generous, Thoughtful, Respectful and Loyal! The love and protection he had for Libby and Davis was unwavering, as he was the ultimate Big Brother! He loved life, was a true friend, and loved his family, we couldn’t be more proud of the man he had become! Nick battled for 12 days in the ICU at Overland Park Medical Center where he was surrounded by his family and friends. We know Nick felt the love, hope and prayers but sadly his body couldn’t take the pain any longer and he left this world too soon. But, he will live on as he was an organ donor and knowing his wishes were granted makes us PROUD! As a young boy, Nick enjoyed playing all sports especially basketball, baseball, flag football and golf. Once he started high school he focused on golf and was a member of the BVN Mustangs golf team, and the KJGA where he played in many tournaments. He enjoyed his rec basketball team – “The Mavs” along with his longtime friends. He also enjoyed broadcast and the CAPS multimedia journalism program. He videotaped the Mustangs varsity football games and occasionally did play by play. These were some of his greatest memories from high school. Nick grew up being passionate about sports and always dreamed one day to have a job doing something for one of the many sports he followed. He loved Fantasy Football and included his family and friends in it. His number one team and passion were the KC Chiefs. He attended training camps, pre-season games and rarely missed a game at Arrowhead, regardless of the weather conditions. He remained the eternal optimist and each year he would be heard saying “this is our year!” In the fall of 2013, he attended the University of Kansas and was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. During this time, he made some long lasting friendships and he always said that was the best part of college. In December 2014, Nick said goodbye to KU and he came home to start the next chapter of his life. He worked at Golf Galaxy and became an intern at the Digital Ally Open-Web.com tour. After his summer internship, with D.A. he was promoted to their social media director. In the spring of 2015, his good friend purchased Berrie Kabobs to sell at the KC Royals baseball games. Nick was offered a full time position as manager. This wonderful opportunity allowed him to work for a small business from the ground up. He was able to travel to work in Arizona for Royals Spring Training, Omaha for the College World Series and most memorable was to be a part of the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship. He often said that was the best 30 days of his life. Last summer, Nick was excited to get his own apartment downtown. His walls were filled with sports memorabilia and his apartment was rarely empty as he loved hosting his friends. He continued his passion for golf and earlier this month played in the Kansas Amateur- a goal he always had for himself. Nick will be missed by all who knew him. We hope his short life on this earth will inspire you in some way. Nick is preceded in death by his great grandparents Ralph and Millie Cooper and Alva Priess; his grandpa Jim Cooper and Papa Dick Wills. He is survived by his parents Brent and Marty, sister Libby and brother Davis all of the home. His grandma Sheila Cooper of Kansas City, Missouri and Granny, Betty Wills of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, god parents and loving friends.
Our family would like to thank the amazing nurses in the ICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
A Visitation will take place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday, August 10th at Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, Missouri. A Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00am, Saturday, August 11th at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 14251 Nall Avenue, Leawood, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.gofundme.com/coop039s-story Proceeds received will be used to help less fortunate enjoy some of the passions and interests that were a part of Nick’s life.
- Ralph and Millie Cooper (deceased), Great-Grandparents
- Alva Priess (deceased), Great-Grandparent
- Jim Cooper (deceased), Grandpa
- Dick Wills (deceased), Papa
- Brent and Marty Cooper, Parents
- Libby Cooper, Sister
- Davis Cooper, Brother
- Madeline ..., Great-Grandma
- Grandma Sheila Cooper and Granny Betty Wills, Grandmas
- Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends, ...
- Nathaniel Fain, Honorary Pallbearer
- Brian McCarthy, Honorary Pallbearer
- Nick Price, Honorary Pallbearer
- Matt Glaser, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jake Hanson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Steve Burns, Honorary Pallbearer
- Tommy Lawson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jackson Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
- Nick Cooper Go Fund Me Page
- Memorial Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
Nicholas "Nick" Alan Cooper
Mike and Tracy Jackson
August 14, 2018
We learned of Nick’s passing from your brother Brian. We had heard about the car accident but had not put 2 and 2 together to realize... that this was your son.
Since learning about… We have come across several people ( our daughter, kids of our friends, etc. ) .... that knew and / or were friends of Nick. Based on all of the nice things we’ve heard about him… You must’ve done a wonderful job of raising such a great young man .
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers !
Mike and Tracy Jackson
August 14, 2018
I didn't KNOW till I ran into Bob at the K last night friend. I had texted you a few days before ABOUT NOTHING. ❤
I met Nick and Bob their first day at the Royals stadium. They put them directly across from the our NPO stand. So at the end of the first game me and another girl made up some brats and foolongs and nachos and grabbed some soft pretzels and went over all neighborly and fed everybody at Berrie Kabobs . It was the start of a beautiful friendship between Nick, Bob and Myself. He'd bring me souvenirs from his road trips. I'd get him stuff from working golf events or if I'd run across something. I remember I found him a Christmas ornament that was for golf. It was like July LOL. He loved that thing! He was a great friend. His friendship was unconditional. AND every single game when we'd first see each other for the day Nick always greeted me with, "Well there's the Most Beautiful Woman in Kauffman Stadium!" I'm 51 & could be his granny but I LOVED Him for that. I NEVER left Nick without having a Smile on my face. I am a better person having known YOU! I'll see you on the Other Side my friend ❤💜💙💛💚💕
August 11, 2018
Dearest Marty, Brent, Libby and Davis,
Many prayers of comfort are continuing for your grieving family. I know Nick is with Jesus, getting his wings was a great reward for him but more than difficult for you all. Please accept my deepest condolences and loving understanding of this challenging journey.
My the Lord and Creator of life give you strength and comfort now and forever.
Blessings, Pam Vargo
August 6, 2018
Your mother just called me and I asked her how Nicholas was doing and she told me received his wings. I want you to know I understand you are heartbroken beyond description, but know Nicholas is in God’s loving kingdom . I know he will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him, especially his loving family.
My Very Deepest Sympathy,
( your Mother’s housekeeper)
Jennifer and Ken Glaser
August 3, 2018
Your family continues to be in our daily thoughts and prayers. Matt thought the world of "Coop"! God Bless!
August 3, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers. My son Jack and Nick were pledge brothers at Delta Chi. I had the chance to meet Nick on numerous occasions in Lawrence as well as when he worked at the golf store. He was always polite and friendly with a big smile. I know his Delta Chi brothers will miss him dearly.