Mar 22,1944---Jan 04,2022

Brook Torney, 77, Shawnee, KS, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at The University of Kansas Medical Center after a series of recent health battles.

Brook was born in Marshalltown, IA on March 22, 1944, and moved to Des Moines, IA when he was just six weeks old. He and his family then moved to Prairie Village, KS in 1956 where Brook attended Tomahawk Elementary School, then Milburn Junior High (where he met his love, Cherie, in the 8th grade), and then he attended and graduated Shawnee Mission East high school in 1962. Brook first attended the University of Kansas and then finished his college education at UMKC where he majored in Psychology and minored in Economics.

Brook married his junior high sweetheart, Cheryl (Slinker) Torney, on January 22, 1966, and they would’ve celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year. Together they share two children, Christopher Torney and Jill (Torney) Jensen, and have two grandchildren, Leigha and Ella Torney.

Brook retired from IBM after over 30 years of service as first, a senior systems analyst and asset manager and then as a senior I/T specialist. After 15 years with IBM, Brook pursued a sales position with Source One, technology talent acquisition with Source EDP, then he was hired on with Marion Laboratories and remained there through multiple mergers and acquisitions. It was only when Brook’s department at Marion changed their asset management vendor to IBM that Brook was then able to bridge his previous service with IBM into 8 more years and retired from IBM in 2008.

To know Brook is to know he was a social creature by nature, a huge animal lover, and he loved a good story…and a good laugh. Brook was a constant fixture at Truman Lake where he and Cherie shared a lake place starting in 1987 and until 2018. A place where he loved to spend time with family and friends, he would fish, work on the yard, “putz around,” and show up unannounced in his golf cart at the neighbors’ cabins for breakfast (they didn’t mind). If he wasn’t at the golf course – either playing a round or marshalling at Tomahawk in later years – then you could find him watching the Royals, Chiefs, or Kansas basketball games. In retirement, Brook also gave his time to volunteer with Meals on Wheels in addition to having lunch with his friends. He LOVED having lunches with friends. Brook was a real Mr. Fix-It and enjoyed tinkering and figuring out how things worked. He also built beautiful stained-glass pieces that are still enjoyed today and collected old tools and the occasional lawnmower. Brook owned a couple of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and enjoyed riding with his pals; even attending the wild Sturgis rallies quite a few times over the years.

Brook’s family is taking all safety precautions during this time of Covid and will be opting to forego traditional funeral services at this time. However, a Celebration of Life service will be held in March 2022 (specific date and location will be forthcoming). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Brook to Wayside Waifs or Great Plains ASPCA.


Tony Manirad Jan 07 ,2022

long time friend of Chris Torney ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I’ve always admired the good natured heart of my friend Chris, and it’s easy to see that he got it from Brook. He always made me feel welcomed and I’m thankful to have golfed with him. My prayers and thoughts are with the Torney family. RIP Brook.

Midge, Bryan, Morgan & Mallory Botts Jan 07 ,2022

Family Friends ,Shawnee ,Kansas

We’re so sorry to hear about Brook. He was such a nice man & always so easy to talk to. I remember the last time I spoke with him. They were having a garage sale this past summer & he shared with me about seeing our daughter Morgan with her boyfriend at the gym. He was so funny telling me because he said that he waved to them & he wondered if our daughter thought, “Who in the heck is that old guy waving at us?” Sending many thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time!

Kristi Ockelmann Jan 08 ,2022

Family Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

My thoughts and prayers are with the Torney Family at this difficult time. Brook always had a warm smile, a friendly greeting, and a story for any occasion. I will miss his laugh and sense of humor. He always made friends feel like family, and this trait lives on through his loved ones. Cherie was definitely the love of his life, along with his kids, extended family and friends. Even the neighborhood cats are going to miss his caring spirit & love for the outdoors. He will be missed.

Ron Rutkowski Jan 08 ,2022

Breakfast/Lunch Buddy ,Shawnee ,Kansas

So, So sorry to hear about Brook. I was one of the breakfast/lunch buddies and always enjoyed Brook and his quick wit and always supportive approval of everyone. He was a genuinely good guy. We went fishing a few times together and he was good at that too. His body is finally at rest but his soul will stay with us for many more breakfasts to come. Thoughts and prayers with the family. R.I.P. Buddy. Ron "Rip" Rutkowski

jim burwinkle Jan 09 ,2022

marshal at tommahawk ,shawnee ,Kansas

worked with brook at tommahawk. he relieved me on mondays. we golfed few times. enjoyed the game and conversations with book. rest in peace brook. best to the family. jim

Shelly Rice Jan 09 ,2022

Good friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Cherie & family…I am so sorry for your loss. Just wanted to let you know that being his dental hygienist the last 20 years at least, I always looked forward seeing his name on the schedule. He always walked in with a big smile on his face & we would immediately start joking around . Never once did he complain about his illness! I always enjoyed him telling me about all his feral cats he loved taking care of..they were his babies! And last but not least, he loved his family. Will miss you dearly Brook!

Rhonda Rhodes Jan 09 ,2022

Friend ,OFallon ,Missouri

Brook & my father, Bob Leonard, were good friends over the years. I loved all the old work stories he would share with me! Dad always enjoyed his lunches with Brook & Priscilla & others from the old gang. We lost my Dad a year ago Jan 4. My condolences to your family.

Heather Jan 09 ,2022

Daughter of Jim and Terry Bauman ,Olathe ,Kansas

What a beautiful read i have nothing but good memories of my time as a kid with this family. Good people, good times, the epitome of a good life…All my love to the Torney family.

Cathy & Mark Jarvis Jan 10 ,2022

Former neighbor ,Lenexa ,Kansas

We are so sorry to hear of Brooks death. I can remember visiting over the back fence since our backyards adjoined. He was such a kind and caring man. Our sympathies to your family. Cathy and Mark Jarvis

ike Jan 10 ,2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I work out at the gym and met Brook years ago. He will be missed. Such a bright and humorous guy. It was always good seeing him. He made us all laugh!!! Brook....may God bless you and your family. Look forward to seeing you on the other side!

Harold Baggerly Jan 11 ,2022

Friend ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Brook's passing. Several pleasant evenings were spent in the company of Brook and Cherie in their lovely home. We shared many conversations about his experiences at IBM, His love of animals was evident on many occasions when I would drive by his home and see him sitting in the driveway in a folding chair petting one of the many cats that roamed the neighborhood. My heartfelt condolences go out to Cherie and the other family members.

Michel Jan 12 ,2022

Collegues at Marion Labs ,Rueil Malmaison - FRANCE

Brook and I spent much time travelling across Europe for Marion Merrell Dow. He was such a good person, always positive. We enjoyed so much. Worked hard and got much fun. I miss him. Brook will stay in my mind for ever. Deep condolence to his familly. Michel

Shelly Schlotzhauer McMaster Jan 13 ,2022

Thinking of the entire Torney family. Many good and distant memories of our Post-Oak days. Know my dad is going to dearly miss one of his best childhood friends. My sincere condolences.