Obituaries detail

Lloyd Gregory Cook, Age: 66
Sep 06, 1955 - Sep 07, 2021

Greg was born September 6, 1955, to Dorothy and Lloyd Cook at Saint Joseph Hospital in Boonville, Missouri. He graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School in 1974 and again from the University of Missouri in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He worked in Columbia for Mid-Missouri Engineers, Inc. where he met the love of his life, Karen Copenhaver. After earning his Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering, Greg accepted a job with the Bendix Corporation/ Honeywell in Kansas City where he and Karen made their home.

 

Greg took after his father with his love for cooking. He went to great lengths to plan and prepare meals for his fishing trips, family gatherings at their Independence home, and even the neighborhood. Both grandkids and great grandkids loved his signature dish, "chicken and the green stuff", which he created in an effort to make broccoli more appealing.

 

One of Greg's most memorable vacations was his trip to Mallorca, Spain with Karen in 1991. But, Greg's heaven on Earth was on a lake in the wilderness in Canada. The fishing was magic, the friends were the best and the memories cherished until the next year came and they could go again. 

 

Greg was surrounded by joy and love in many grand and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All will forever remember him for his goofy faces, playful games and his unconditional love. When he was surrounded by grandchildren he was always the biggest kid in the room.

 

Greg is survived by his love, Karen, of the home; sisters, Susanne Kissane and Marcia Cook; brother, Warren Cook (Kerrie); nieces, Gabby Lindsey (Matt) and Alyssa Cook; nephew, Zach Kissane; great niece, Eleanor Lindsey and great nephew, Lincoln Lindsey.

 

Children, Mark Copenhaver and Kelli Pinet (Damon); grandchildren, Ashley Copenhaver (Josh), Derek Copenhaver (Leah), Anthony Pinet, Jordan Flanagan (Dave), and Amber Scott (Bobbie); great granchildren, Bryson, Haley, Payton, Quentin, Shelby, Lukas, Zoey, Rachael, Liam, Sophie, Josie, Elijah and Isaiah.

 

Upon his passing, Greg continued to give through the Midwest Transplant Network.

 

Donations in honor of Greg can be made to:

 

Catch a Dream Foundation

https://www.catchadream.org/inmemory/

 

Doctors Without Borders

https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/secure/donate?type=tribute&type=tribute

 

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date and Greg would encourage you to

"drive like hell".

 

 

Additional Service:
Services at Later Date

Condolences

Doug Shaw Sep 10 ,2021

Friend of Karen ,Fort Wayne ,Indiana

Karen, we were so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. You and the entire family are in our prayers during this time! ❤️🙏

Terry Kraft Sep 10 ,2021

Childhood friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Karen, Marcia, Susanne and Warren, I have known Greg since we were 5 years old. When we were seniors in high school, Greg and another classmate kept me entertained in our English class by doing Cheech and Chong stories. He was always kind and funny and a friend. I know you are all hurting and I send you my condolences. Terry (Grissum) Kraft

Christa Oerly Russell Sep 10 ,2021

Classmate from middle school through ChemE at Mizzou ,Indianapolis ,Indiana

Greg and I shared many classes in high school and college at Mizzou as we pursued our interest in chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Greg always had a smile, and a funny comment, especially in physics with Mr. Baylor. RIP Greg. Condolences to your family.

Gabe Dauer Sep 10 ,2021

Distant cousin ,LA ,California

Growing up in Missouri, I saw Greg once a year at family gatherings, and then a few times visiting Missouri as an adult. He was always extremely kind and very funny! I remember being told as a child that no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't get a photo of him without him making a funny face first. Thoughts, love and prayers to all of those closest to him. We will miss you, Greg!

Phyllis Reesman Sep 11 ,2021

Friend ,Boonville

I have been a friend of Greg’s family for many years. They contributed their talents and values in their individual ways that made this community stronger!. My thoughts are with each one.

Dan and Margaret Grove Sep 11 ,2021

Friends ,Bumpass ,Virginia

Dan and I don’t have words to how much we love Greg and Karen. Our hearts hurt so much for his loss for Karen and all of the family! Karen we are praying for all of you and his family. If there is anything we can help with please don’t hesitate to let us know. We love you so much Karen and will continue to pray for all of you. God Bless you.

Jeff Kempf Sep 11 ,2021

Friend ,Akron ,Ohio

Hello Karen. Greg was a very dear friend of mine when we grew up together in Boonville. He hung out at my home. Funny to see photos of him fishing because he really enjoyed fishing even when he was young I last saw him 7 years ago at my fathers funeral visitation. We exchanged phone numbers and vowed to stay in contact. I am sorry to say we didn’t. Greg was a great man He was brilliant and funny and clever and the guy you just wanted to be around. I am sure he was a great father, grandfather and husband. He always inspired me to be a better person. I pray for you and your family that you may find peace and healing in this difficult time of sorrow. Jeff Kempf

Jacklyn Simpson Sep 11 ,2021

Cousin ,Charlotte ,North Carolina

Karen, I am so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing and your deep loss. There really are no words at this time but just know that I have and will continue to pray for you. Love, Jack

Bill Smith Sep 14 ,2021

Honeywell work friend ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

Greg was a great guy to know here at work. He had the knack of communicating and getting things done with co-workers and dealing with upper management (not always politically correct but that was Greg). I missed out on a lot of those years of mentorship due to his early forced retirement (Gas Transfer Systems, GTS, lost an expert!) but I enjoyed keeping in touch over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Tony Sep 17 ,2021

Honeywell work friend ,Raytown ,Missouri

I worked with Greg in GTS and learned from him not only technical works but also how to have fun in life. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Karl Arnold Sep 17 ,2021

Frend & Coworker at Honeywell ,Raymore ,Missouri

Greg was a friend and coworker when we moved into the same group in the mid 90's. In particular Greg was a great communicator and a mentor to me. He was also a leader who would stand tall for what was right. Greg had a great sense humor, was a great cook and taught me the magic of growing and roasting your own Anaheim chilies. I used them in his "green stuff". It was a hard knock to team when he left . I never got to fish with him but I sure heard the stories. He will be missed.

Ted Richardson Sep 17 ,2021

Friend of family ,Moberly

Karen, Mark,Alicia, Ashley, Derek and Jordan I am happy you were all blessed with Greg. Although I only met him 3 or 4 times many years ago I very distinctively remember him not just funny but positive. I am glad you were are blessed with having him in your lives for so many years. Karen, my prayers for you.

Bob Hishaw Sep 25 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

At work, I was called his mentor but I learned at least as much. I was fortunate to enjoy about 20 years as his co-worker but even more fortunate for the nearly 40 years as a friend. All that knew him will miss him.

Toni Clippard Sep 26 ,2021

Friend ,Herculaneum ,Missouri

I moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1979. Greg was among a group of friends I met the day I arrived. He grew to be one of my best friends but sadly we last contact and I last saw him when we were in our late 30’s. I was feeling nostalgic today and began searching online for my old friends. I was heartbroken to see of Greg’s passing. I can only imagine how extreme your loss must be. He was a remarkable man, one of a kind. I hope to attend his celebration of life, a life worth celebrating.