Howard Frances Cooper Jr. 

Howard Frances Cooper Jr. 
On May 22 2019, Howard F. Cooper Jr. 54, of Merriam, KS passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Howard was affectionately known as “Coop” to his Army friends. He was born August 13, 1964 in Canandaigua, NY to Howard F. Cooper Sr and Shirley Ann Cooper. His Father preceded him in death.
He graduated from Marcus Whitman High School in 1982 and also attended Community College of the Finger Lakes with a Computer Science path while still in High School. 
He attended the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) with a Computer Science path.
He then joined the US Army in the fall of 1983 and was sent to Ft. Dix, NJ for basic training and AIT. He was then stationed around the world starting in 1984.
21st Transportation Company (CAR) in Yongsan, Korea
295th Supply Company and HQ Alpha Co. 702nd Maintenance Battalion in Ft. Lewis, WA
495th Support Co. Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, in Garlstedt, Germany. He served in the Gulf War Operation Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Big Red 1.
Medical Ambulance Company
Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany
Basic Non Commissioned Officer (BNOC) course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. 
Headquarters & Headquarters Company Engineer Company in Fort Riley, KS receiving a Honorable Discharge.
He served in the Kansas National Guard Armor Company and was  Honorably discharged after his service. 
He then joined the civilian workforce, working at DST Systems for 21 years, developing a great friendship with his many co-workers, most of whom he considered extended family.
He love to ride his beautiful Victory motorcycle with his wife behind him on their many excursions. He also enjoyed friendships with numerous people he met on many benefit motorcycle rides.  He enjoyed cooking outside on the grill or smoker. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, having water balloon fights, playing games, reading with them, and much more. He very much loved his fur babies Sabrina and N2. He had developed close lasting friendships at all of his Military stops, but none closer than his 295th brothers and sisters. He was thrilled when they located him to reunite. They all started to meet and vacation every year for the last several years. 
Howard is survived by his Mother Shirley Cooper and Brother David Cooper of Rochester, NY.
He is also survived by the true love of his life, Dee Ann (Foster) Cooper. He met Dee Ann in 2015 and they were married on February 14, 2017. He had finally found a loving relationship and a wonderful marriage partner. They had expected to grow old and gray headed together, always holding hands everywhere they went, it was truly everlasting love for them. With this marriage he also gained a Son Curtis Samer, his wife Jessica Samer and grandchildren that he adored, Wyatt Samer, 11 and Paxton Samer, 8 all of Lee’s Summit, MO.
Howard was a kind and decent soul, that was loved and respected by everyone that knew him. He leaves behind family, countless friends and many great memories, for all who were lucky enough to have known him. 
Rest in peace Howard, we love you and will miss you forever. You will forever be in our hearts. 
A celebration of Howard’s life will be announced at a later date. 


  1. Cliff Harrison on July 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I know Howard’s family will miss him very much and I can’t begin to describe the impact his passing will have on them. But what I can describe is the impact he has had on me and others who worked with him at DST. I worked side-by-side with Howard for roughly 7 years and in those few years I have witnessed Howard solve the most complex problems ‘off the top of his head’ that other senior techs have been working on for many weeks or even some that were deemed ‘not fixable’. Howard had an amazing ability to recall just about anything he had learned over the years and to couple this with the willingness to help others, made him an extraordinary technician in the company. I left DST several years ago and in my subsequent companies, I have told others some of the “Howard stories” that showcased his technical skills and I would also mention that he unknowingly pushed me to learn more; to the point I don’t think I would be where I am at today without having the opportunity to work with him.

    When I describe Howard I must use the words ‘savant’, ‘genius’ and ‘good-natured’ and beyond work and the technical stuff – Howard was a good guy, willing to help others and a friend to me.

  2. Teresa on June 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    My heart goes out to you. I didn’t know you but I wanted to meet you very much so. l know Dee Ann & you made her pretty happy. She had’nt been happy in a long time. I’m sorry your life was cut short. I believe you were what Dee Ann needed & she was what you needed too. Rest in peace Howard you aren’t suffering anymore. We take comfort in that. God bless your family & l pray blessings & comfort for all especially Dee Ann.
    God bless you Dee Ann for caring for him .

  3. Chandrika Samuel on May 31, 2019 at 12:39 am

    May his soul Rest in Peace! Condolences to the bereaved family.

  4. Dustin on May 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Howard and I worked together for almost the entire 21 years. He was a genius. There wasn’t anything in the industry he couldn’t figure out even faster than some that were more experienced. I was on the receiving end of many of the Howardisms like “You’re not listening”, “do you want me to google that for you” and even chuckelhead. He is my oldest friend in KC and have so much respect for him. I will definitely miss him.

  5. Bill Woody LolI on May 29, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Many prayers DeeAnn

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