Brian Altergott Cherry

Born: Sat., Jan. 30, 1982
Died: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
Location: Grace United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sun., Aug. 12, 2018
Location: Grace United Methodist Church

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Brian Altergott Cherry, 36, passed away at 4:44 pm on Sunday, August 5.  Born in Kerala, India, adopted by Karen Altergott and Ralph L Cherry at 4 months, he was the first of three children to join the family.  He grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana.  His attachment to Purdue sports was a lifelong passion, with a 30-year history of following women’s basketball and blogging about them.  When he was in 10th grade, he began moving to different parts of Indiana, because of his mother’s new role as a United Methodist pastor. Attending George Rogers Clark High School in Hammond, and graduating from South Central High School in LaPorte County, Brian went on to attend several universities before graduating from Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne. With friendships all over the state, he worked in several cities and retail enterprises before returning to Kokomo. He is survived by his mother, Karen Altergott Roberts, and stepfather, D. Bruce Roberts, his father Ralph and stepmother Lori Cherry, sisters Erin Altergott Cherry (Zach Smith) and Marion Altergott Cherry, aunts and uncles, Fritz and Marge Altergott, Noel Stegemeyer, Beverly and Brian Davis, cousins, Pamela Costanzi (Kevin Murphy), Rick Altergott, (Ariel Bordeaux), Alison Altergott, April Orcutt (Will) and Meredith Davis, and stepsiblings Kendra Roberts (Josh Estep), Dave Roberts (Sara), Bethan Roberts (Mark Pietrykowski), Molly Bradford and numerous friends.

Brian met the challenges of life with gentle determination.  His optimism and cheer were felt by everyone in his presence.  He saw the adoption into his family as a gift he wanted to make meaningful.  His love for his family was immeasurable and worthy of celebration. 

The memorial service and celebration of life will be at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 West Mulberry Street, 46901 at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 12.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the local group, Kokomo Urban Outreach at 1706 Home Avenue, Kokomo IN 46902 ( or the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202.  Messages of condolence may be left online at  Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, Kokomo, assisted the family with arrangements.

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Cindy Reynolds
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
I am sorry sorry to hear of Brian's death. I will betraying for you and your family during this time. I remember some of the wonderful fun stories you shared about Brain.

Cindy Reynolds

Jim & Sandy Witty
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
Karen and family, We are so sorry to hear of your son's death. Having lost a son 10 years ago, we understand this loss and pray with you to find peace in the memories of his life with you.

Karin A Pinto
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
Karen and family,
Thinking of you and praying for you at this sad time. Brian was so kind and friendly. May good memories bring you comfort and peace.

Karin, Rob, Chris and Anna Pinto

Roberta Cook
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
Karen: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember with great fondness our covenant group when I was in Wanatah and Bruce as a professor at CTS. I know how your heart must be breaking and please know I lift you and Bruce and your family up in my prayers. God's Blessings to you during this difficult time Roberta Cook

LuAnn Boggess
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
Karen & family,

John and I are so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. We remember all of you fondly from your time at St. Andrew UMC. I remember Brian's beautiful voice when he sang an Introit as a teen per our choir director's request. Praying for all of you!

Tarah White (Kitchell)
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Brian. He was in my class at South Central. I always remember him as a happy, friendly, go-out-of-his-way-to-be-nice kind of person. He had a permanent smile and I was very surprised to walk into Walgreens and have that same sweet person greet me. Praying for your family during this time.

Kari Blue
   Posted Wed August 08, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the family. Brian was apart of our Walgreens family! I just remember his voice greeting me from the front, always making me smile. He will be so deeply missed but never forgotten!

Jay and Kathy Seeger
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
We had fun playing trivia with Brian. He was intelligent and fun to be with. He would come to Lafayette to visit with friends and we would meet Brian for a game or two. We will never forget (Beaver) as he was called. We were (Wally). So Beaver and Wally had good times together. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person. Our prayers go out to his loved ones.

Diane Patterson
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
I met Brian while he was working at Walgreens. He was such a sweet, gentle soul. His smile would light up the room. I am so sorry for your loss.

Nicole White
   Posted Thu August 09, 2018
My heart breaks for all of you! He and I shared some rough times but some good times. I cry as I write this. So many good memories too...BUILD pizza exam prep night, UIndy “Hey you are from Kokomo too?! That’s wild!”, chasing dreams together, watching dreams fall together, hanging out watching the Colts...or whomever was playing at the time, getting a bite to eat after a movie, Grace UMC and the changes it went through and the changes we went through with it, dissing PU/IU and teasing each other.... so many memories of this wonderful friend! He was an inspiration, fun-living, caring and gentle soul whom I will always remember fondly!

Aria Davis
   Posted Fri August 10, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. In the midst of this very difficult time. There is a scripture that may bring you some comfort at psalm 94:19. This scripture reassures us that God will comfort us in our times of need and of distress. My condolences are with you and your family.

Linda Funabashi
   Posted Sun August 12, 2018
To Karen, Erin, and Marion: I am sorry that I cannot be close to you at this time of your great loss, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the strength to carry on and feel joy in celebrating Brian's spirit which is eternal.

Michael Maus
   Posted Sun August 12, 2018
I am sorry for your family's loss. I knew Brian when we were both at South Central High School and at Purdue. He was always kind to everyone that he met. I will miss him. May God give you peace during this difficult time.

Kathy Scheffler
   Posted Sun August 12, 2018
Brian was a wonderful bright light In our community. He will be missed. I know he will always be a bright light in our memories.

Susan and Phil Smith-Cunnien
   Posted Sun August 12, 2018
Karen, we just learned of Brian 's passing and can't find the words to express our sorrow. We will always remember him as the sweet little boy we knew.

Kevin Pitney
   Posted Tue August 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Talking with mutual friends really reminded me of how much impact he had on my life. I probably wouldn't have met many of my Purdue fiends without Brian's influence. Brian and his love of Purdue greatly enriched my time there. His incredible imagination,
fun personalized, and willingness to include others was amazing.

It is with great sorrow that I was unable to attend due to a trip planned for our one year wedding anniversary.

Your gratefulness in the small help to Brian was expressed to me but the pleasure was all mine. If I could change anything I would have done more to help.

We all lost someone very special. So truly sorry for your loss.

Karen Diveley
   Posted Tue August 14, 2018
I don’t know your family, but wanted to express my sympathy. I just saw the post in the Perspective, received in today’s mail. I saw his picture, and thought “I know that guy!”. I was very touched by news of his death. We would often see your son at Walgreen’s and he was always so nice. One never knows what others are going through. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Rev. Steve Cain
   Posted Wed August 15, 2018
Karen, although I only had a few encounters with Brian, I know your heart for God and for this child of God. I am lifting you up in prayer. God's consolation.

Josephine Dibie
   Posted Thu August 16, 2018
Please accept our commiserations on the loss of your loved one. We do not know your family but want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Robert and Josephine Dibie