Brian “BJ” Gepford, 64, lifelong resident / criminal defense trial attorney / renaissance man / pilot / tinkerer in Kansas City, MISSOURI (home of the Chiefs), will be celebrated on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, April 23rd, after concluding a 15 month journey with cancer on April 16, 2022 in Kansas City.

Brian’s funeral is Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm at Church of the Resurrection Overland Park, 8412 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS 66212, followed by a burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery  – so that his only child daughter can hover over him indefinitely.

Those who don’t want to make the short drive to the cemetery after Saturday’s funeral – a drive which Brian would love as he just loved driving, despite this drive being in Kansas – or who cannot make the funeral, are invited to his favorite watering hole, Flo’s Polk-A-Dot from 3-7pm for memory sharing in Brian’s honor.

Attendees are encouraged to dress colorfully or with funny ties that may annoy judges or other authorities, just as BJ did. Brian completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Avila University and his Juris Doctor at UMKC. He practiced law in the Kansas City region and a lot in rural Missouri up until his cancer diagnosis and was known for trying tough cases and having a successful courtroom record from his days as a prosecutor through to defense practice. He was proud to have been admitted to the Missouri and U.S. Supreme Courts. He made many friends with his clients and those in the legal community.

He also enjoyed many hobbies, tastes, and genres – home improvement and fixing, boating, dogs, chess, golf/video golf, road trips, antique cars, ALL cars, flying his Piper Cherokee 180 when he had an active pilot’s license, carpentry, cooking, road trips many places but especially the Lake of the Ozarks, old movies and visiting the Midcontinent Library, locksmithing, errand running, and so much more. He was a “doer” and known for partnering up with those in need, being a good listener and problem solver, and a great friend to call on for most anything.

Brian is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Cheryl Gepford. He is survived by his high school sweetheart / best friend of 49 years / mother of his daughter, Susan Gepford; his daughter, Lauren Gepford; his siblings Rick Gepford (Gwen), Kitty Gepford, Liz Gepford, and John Gepford; 13 nieces and nephews, Anne Beville, Bill Gepford, Kate McCormick, Cameron McCulley, Spencer McCulley, Molliann McCulley, Mitchell McCulley, Myra Barnett, Victoria Stone, Kasie Varner, Megan Gepford Maples, Tommy Gepford, and Jackson Gepford; and 7 great nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank several organizations and their fine employees who cared for him during his cancer journey: KU Cancer Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and Kansas City Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Habitat for Humanity, one of Brian’s most frequented and utilized places.

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