Russell L. Cox departed this life at the age of 94 on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri. Known as Joe by his friends, he was the son of William and Mary (Nease) Cox, born on March 7, 1914 in Willow Springs, Missouri.
He was united in marriage to Juanita Kirkpatrick on March 16, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri. To this union four children were born.
As a young man, Russell was an enthusiastic baseball and softball player. He later became an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Joe proudly served in the U.S. Army June 12, 1942 until November 1945. He was a sergeant in radio communications. Joe had many stories of his adventures while stationed in Alaska. His military training was the start of his number-one passion and hobby — amateur radios. Joe was a member of the Ozarks Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed tinkering with his radios and talking with his buddies by way of the “net.” His call sign, NØGLB, will be forever silent.
Russell was employed at Mid-America Dairy in Cabool, Missouri, for 32 years. His “part-time” job was repairing guns at Durnell’s Sporting Goods. That’s where he could be found every Saturday morning.
Russell was a lifetime member of VFW Post 473.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Howard, Glen, Wayne, Dick and Dale Cox; his wife of 62 years, Juanita; and one son, Gary Cox.
Russell is survived by three children, Pat and Jerry Coatney of Chouteau, Oklahoma, Mike and Teresa Cox of Cabool, and Rhonda and Nate Peterson of Livingston, Montana; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Russell was quite the jokester with anyone around. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
The funeral will be Thursday, November 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home, Cabool, preceded by visitation at 1:00. Burial will be in Cabool Cemetery.