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K-State defensive coordinator dies of cancer

August 4, 1997

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Bob Cope, former defensive coordinator for Kansas State University, died this weekend of cancer. He was 58.

Cope, who died Saturday, was hospitalized in Manhattan’s Mercy Health Center, and in Topeka, for much of the last month.

``Bob has meant so much to all of us,″ Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said ``For those who were around Bob, they understand he lived a full life.″

Cope was diagnosed with cancer last September. He lapsed into a coma Oct. 2 after a team practice and remained unconscious for nearly a week.

``He fought an awfully long and hard battle,″ Snyder said. ``He fought it the same way he instilled values in young people. He refused to quit.″

Cope was in his second stint with the Wildcats, after also serving as defensive coordinator and associate head coach on Snyder’s original staff in 1989 and 1990.

He left Kansas State to be the defensive coordinator at Southern California in 1991 and 1992, and then worked on Baylor’s staff from 1993 through 1995. Cope returned to Kansas State before the 1996 season.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Jimmie Ruth Mayberry, and one daughter, Susan McNellis of Manhattan. Other survivors include three sisters _ Marie Rogers, Catherine Rich and Peggy Christol, all of Chattanooga, Tenn.

A memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Kansas State’s All Faith’s Chapel at 2 p.m. Cope’s funeral will be at the Chattanooga Funeral Home’s East Chapel in Chattanooga, Tenn., at 2 p.m. Thursday. Interment will take place in the Hamilton Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

A ``Bob Cope Memorial Walk-On Player Scholarship Fund″ has been established by the Cope family. Contributions may be left in care of the Edwards-Yorgensen-Meloan Funeral Home, or with the Kansas State athletic department.

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