What is the measure of a man? Is it how much money he made? The possessions he had? Or is it the impact he had on people’s lives?
John E. (Jack) Cox, Sr. (April 27, 1931 - June 11, 2022) was a man who had an impact on the lives of everyone he met.
When you were with him you knew you were with an amazing man. He had an infectious laugh and a larger-than-life presence. He was quite the practical joker, and if you were a witness to one of his famous silent belly laughs, you couldn’t help but laugh too. Your laughter encouraged more laughter and soon tears were streaming down his face. This was one of the many ways he brought joy to those who knew him.
He had a strong belief in helping others. Whether it was family, friends or strangers, giving back was a lifelong commitment and natural part of his life. He gave generously, not only monetarily but with his time. If you needed anything - advice, a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to talk to he would be there for you. He always had a big hug ready - and if you were lucky enough to receive one of those hugs you know how great they were.
His love of life, people and new adventures led him to travel around the world. This love for travel began when he was stationed in Germany while serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. He loved to meet new people, see new things, eat great foods and experience all that life had to offer. One of his favorite places was Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He loved to hunt wild game near there and visited more than 20 times. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and went on many road trips throughout Michigan, Arizona, Wyoming and even Sturgis, South Dakota.
Family and friends meant everything to him. He was one of the most kind and generous people you would ever meet. He loved throwing parties, getting people together and showing his love and gratitude.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Linda. His sister, Jane Van Deusen. His children, Barbara Koop, John Cox Jr., Ann Hawley, Christine Cassar (Jim Lucas), Tammy (Mike) Lampinen, Dawn (Marty) Stokes and Suzi (Tim) Yax. His 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edmund, his mother, Mollie and his second mother, Bernice. His brother, Donald and his daughters, Joanne Hilborn and Kathy Cox Slate. Also his grandchildren, Brett Cox and Amanda Ferguson.
A celebration of his life will take place in October. If you’d like to continue his legacy of giving, consider a donation in his name to the St. Joseph Indian School or your local food bank.