Obituary of Michael Gene Cooper

Michael Gene Cooper, age 68, resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Joplin, MO. He was born on February 23, 1951, in Fort Scott, the son of Thomas Gene and Betty JoAnn Rye Cooper. He graduated from Nevada, MO high school with the class of 1969. He married Judy Marshall on May 19, 1969, in Fort Scott. Mike worked for Westar Energy as a designer. He loved his work and had been with the company for 38 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing video games. He was a devoted husband who loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Judy of the home; two daughters, Stacy Leachner and husband Chad, Olathe, KS, and Cambria Scharenberg and husband Jeremy, Garland, KS; a son, Matt Cooper, Fort Scott; two sisters, Pam Speer and husband John, Redfield, KS, and Debbie Ebersold and husband Dennis, Cameron, MO; a brother, Thomas Cooper, Deerfield, MO; six grandchildren, Shana Marra, Madison Leachner, Kalen Thompson, Blaine Thompson, Taylor Cooper, and Tyler Cooper; two great grandchildren, Aubreigh Thompson and Solloman Davis; a brother-in-law Shawn Marshall and wife Chana, Fort Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday, April 12th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


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