John Cobb

  • Born: August 22, 1921
  • Died: March 5, 2014
  • Location: Shawnee, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family


John Cobb, 92, of Shawnee, KS died peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

He was born Aug. 22, 1921 in Kansas City, MO. He attended Van Horn Grade School and Westport High School, where his gifted art talent flourished. Upon graduation, he was accepted at The Kansas City Art Institute where he studied under Thomas Hart Benton among his many instructors. During his formal art training, John also worked at Hallmark Cards in the Silk Screen Dept.

He enlisted in the Army and served in the 8th Infantry Division during WWII and saw action in Germany where he and his unit earned two Bronze Star's.

Returning to the states, he eventually became Art Director at National Manufacturing, before starting two printing companies of his own.
Throughout most of his life, this talented artist had his works featured in many galleries, exhibitions and art fairs throughout the Kansas City area. For many years, he was selected to show his watercolors at the prestigious Plaza Art Fair.

Besides art and playing golf, he was also an amateur magician and great joke teller. One of John's most satisfying hobbies was paleontology. He and his wife of 43 years, Brenna, would go on many digs around the country returning to Kansas City with box loads of treasured fossils .His family is always first in his heart as he and Brenna have 3 children, (a son and two daughters), 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children in care of Abdallah Shrite Temple, 5300 Metcalf Ave., Shawnee Mission, KS. 66202.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons – Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. Family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m.to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Johnson County Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We had so many good times together. You made life better for every one around you. Will miss all the good times in Ariz. and Montana. I am sure you are still having fun. Always remember patience. Duffer and JoAnn

Posted by Laverne Mauck - Hoxie, KS - borther @ sister inlaw   March 11, 2014

We always enjoyed saying hello to John Sunday mornings. He was funny and always had that smile and that twinkle in his eye.
Doris and Harlan

Posted by A friend   March 11, 2014

It was my honor to know and work for John l0 years at Fryer Printing. He was an unbelievable artist, wonderful father and husband, and a dear friend to me. My thoughts and prayers to Michael, Brenna, and the entire family. Love, Trudy

Posted by Trudy Richardson - Shawnee, KS - Friend and co-worker   March 11, 2014

I recall John at my wedding day when I married a niece and joined his extended family. He welcomed me on the spot. After that I enjoyed his paintings and his interest in train stations. With time we traded jokes, he was always ready and I could never match the number that he knew. When we started our family reunions he was so quick witted and then he was the hit of the party when he would perform his magic show. That will never be forgotten by adults,grandkids, great grandkids and other relatives. I am blessed to have known and loved John Cobb. He is and will be missed.

Wes Griffin

Posted by A friend   March 10, 2014

John,
You added so much to our family. You were our Johnny Carson with your jokes, tricks (magic as well as the cigarette) and one liners. You made everyone feel welcome and loved. You will be missed but we'll see you again. No doubt that you'll have more jokes and tricks up your sleeves.

Posted by Karen    March 10, 2014

Dear Brenna, Larry and I were so sorry to hear about John's passing. I don't think I ever met a man that was so much fun to work with. I can remember him coming in to the office at the Shrine with always a smile on his face and a joke or two to tell. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sharon and Larry Steele

Posted by Sharon Steele - Overland Park, KS   March 09, 2014

Am visiting in Tenn. and sorry to hear about John, Brenda. Please remind the family that he is one of 30 WW II vets to be featured at the American Cemetery Museum
at Normandy. Long will he be remembered and thanked. My sympathy.

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2014

Uncle John we know you are a better place rest in peace. We send our love Auntie Brenna, Pam and rest of the family. Dennis and Dyane Kramer

Posted by Dennis Kramer - Jesup, GA - nephew   March 09, 2014

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Dear Auntie Brenna, Pam, Tim, and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Every time I saw John, he had a joke. Not one, but,..several. I was amazed at how he could remember so many. He was such a happy person. And I envied his talent as an artist. His many paintings of the family farm, are so-o-o special. But what I remember the most, was his magic shows, at the family reunions. He would set up all of his magic stuff. We would all cram in to this small room. He would have an assistant, and asked for volunteers. The little ones in front were so-o-o amazed. It was fun to see their reactions. Good times!!
I pray that your faith, will help you through this time. And, know that you all, are in my thoughts and prayers. And, know that you are in my thoughts, and prayers. God Bless John. Love Cheri.

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2014

Dear Auntie Brenna, Pam, Tim, and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Every time I saw John, he had a joke. Not just one, but,.. several. I was amazed how he could remember so may jokes. He was such a happy person, I envied his talent as an artist. His many paintings of the family farm, are so special. But what I'll remember the most, were his magic shows, at the family reunion. He would set up his magic stuff, and we would all pack into this little room. (kind of like sardines). He had an assistant, and always asked for volunteers. The little ones in front, were so-o-o amazed. It was fun to see their reaction, when he asked for one to volunteer. Good times!! I pray that your faith will help you through this time. And, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless John. Love, Cheri

Posted by A friend   March 09, 2014