Stephen Bennett Cord - age 68 of Gallatin, MO passed away Thursday morning, September 15th, 2022, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, MO. Stephen was born on July 28th, 1954, the son of Clark and Mary Carol (Lynch) Cord in Kansas City, MO. He married Barbara Akers on December 2nd, 1988, in Johnson County, Kansas. He grew up in Kansas City, attended school at DeLaSalle High School and graduated from Bishop Hogan High School in 1972. He and Barbara moved to Gallatin 2008 and made it home. Stephen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings, from First Counselor in the Bishopric, Gospel doctrine teacher to the Stake financial clerk. He served a church mission in the Atlantic, aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz; along with serving in the Navy during Vietnam, stationed in the Mediterranean and San Diego, CA. Stephen was a Plank Holder on the nuclear aircraft carrier U.S.S Nimitz. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the tribe of Mic-O-Say. Stephen received his Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University in 1983. He taught math and computer programming at the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos and at Johnson County Community College. He developed intricate software programs for companies such as Boeing, Los Alamos, NM National Laboratory and most recently Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Stephen worked for ArcherGray as a senior consultant. He was known for being a great photographer and had several pieces bought by Getty Images. Stephen wrote a screenplay that can be found in the Library of Congress. He also wrote a novel "Great Minds Die Alike". He loved to cook and made his own recipes. He enjoyed playing the guitar and especially the banjo. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and his loyal dog Archie.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Kathy and Jim Cord. He is survived by his wife Barbara Cord of the home; son, Stephen Daniel Cord (Molly) of Taylorsville, UT; and brother-in-law, Michael Akers (Linda) of St. Louis, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Kansas City Veterans Community Project in care of the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 24th, 2022, at Mt. Moriah Cemetery South (10507 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131). There will be no scheduled visitation. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com