Roger Lawrence Cobb, “Pops,” age 66, of Leawood, KS, passed away peacefully at home on January 14, 2020.
Roger was born in Great Bend, KS, to Grover and Fan Cobb. He was the third of eight children.
The son of a homemaker and a broadcaster, Roger attended Great Bend High School. While attending the University of Kansas, he met Cynthia (Cindy) Ann O’Neill, the fourth child of Marge and Jack O’Neill of Prairie Village, KS.
Shortly after their first date, Roger told a close friend that he had just met “the girl I’m going to marry.” After graduation and their wedding in 1975 they settled in Prairie Village, KS. Married for 44 years, they raised four children and welcomed nine grandchildren, with a tenth on the way. Roger’s children and his grandchildren known as the “Cousin Crew” were the light of his life.
A sales and marketing professional by trade, Roger’s foremost commitments in life were to family and friends. His love languages were fun and laughter, and there has never been a more devoted and generous husband, father, Pops, sibling, friend, uncle, in-law, coach or teacher than he. His unique combination of humor and kindness will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. He was a highly creative practical joker and typically the funniest person in every room he entered. He was a lover of gadgets and technology and a consummate handyman.
Roger enjoyed playing sports and creating music with his family. He was a coach for his children’s teams and delighted in getting to know all of the kids who participated. Annual Fourth of July parties at the Cobb home showcased his homemade barbecue and the One Nation Under God Band, a three-generation family group featuring Roger on guitar.
Roger loved to travel, and he, Cindy and the kids enjoyed many memorable vacations together to Fiji, Bora Bora, Aitutaki, Ireland and their beloved Bull Shoals Lake in the Ozark Mountains, where the kids and Cousin Crew earned their fishing chops.
Roger is survived by his wife Cindy, his children Roger Cobb, Jr., Wyatt Cobb (Natalie), Molly Schapker (Tim) and Maggie Zahner (Joe), his grandchildren Walker, Caroline and Grace Cobb, Martin and Simon Schapker, and Tulie, Colin, Molly Scarlett and Brady Zahner, his siblings Ty Cobb (Leigh), Randy Cobb, Susan Cobb (Kate Shea), Betsy Leonard (Larry), Phillip Cobb and Julie Budreau (Danny), his sister-in-law Jeannine Herrera, his brother-in-law Kevin O’Neill (Liz), and dozens of Cobb and O’Neill nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews whom Roger adored.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18th at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m.
A special thank you to Roger’s medical team, friends, and neighbors who provided invaluable love and support.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to:
AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission https://www.foundationforsmmc.org/make-a-gift (913) 676-2055
Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.