Brian M. Anselmo was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. He was a young man with great promise whose life was cut short at age 28.
Brian was very athletic. From his early days at St. Thomas More Grade School playing on the fields and courts of the Parochial League and playing soccer for the Udinese Soccer Club, where he was chosen as a Missouri Olympic Development soccer player, Brian learned to love and excel in sports. He played soccer, football, basketball and track at Rockhurst High School, loving every minute of it. Finally, he went to the University of Missouri where he played football until an injury forced him to quit.
Although sports were a very important part of Brian’s life, he also valued his education. He was on the honor roll in both grade school and high school. In college, he was named a scholar athlete on the football team and graduated with a degree in finance.
Brian was a risk taker, an attribute he exemplified when he turned to poultry farming, something he knew nothing about. With the help of his business partner, Frank Reese, he helped the Good Shepherd Ranch grow and quickly become nationally recognized. He became an expert in humane farming and worked with the Animal Welfare Institute educating other farmers on the standards of humane farming. His last vision was to build a research institute on their farm to educate farmers from around the world.