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Gary Bruce Cox

Gary Bruce Cox

Male 1951 - 2009  (57 years)

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  • Name Gary Bruce Cox 
    Born 18 Aug 1951  Lawrenceville, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jun 2009  Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I5051  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2012 

    Father George Warren Cox,   b. 1 Feb 1921, Princeton, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1995, Springfield, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Beatrice Juanita Miller,   b. 26 Sep 1923, Oblong, Crawford, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1991, Mattoon, Coles, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 6 Jul 1947  South Bend Church, Jasper, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2665  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 23 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F11133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Gary Bruce Cox, 57, formerly of Mattoon, Humboldt, and Philo; died June 30, 2009 of heart failure in the Philippines. Bruce was born August 18, 1951 in Lawrenceville, IL, the son of George Warren and Beatrice Juanita (Miller) Cox. He graduated from Mattoon High School in 1969 and attended the GM Automotive Engineering School in Nashville, TN. He was proud of his father's service in WW II; and Bruce was ready to serve. He was inducted into the army, but he received an early discharge due to health problems.

      Bruce is survived by sons, Seth J. [Bobbie] Cox and Graham Acen [Kendra] Cox, granddaughter, Lilith Reign Cox, and former wife Candis Marie (Poorman) Stein; all of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by his sister Carlotta Joyce (Cox) St.Michael [Justin], niece Chelsea B. St.Michael, nephews Brandon [DeAnn] St.Michael, Colin St.Michael, & Evan Z. St.Michael; all of Mattoon, nephew Cameron D. St.Michael of Charleston, IL; and great-nephew Calvin St.Michael of Terre Haute, IN. and great-niece Kayla Tolliver-St.Michael of Mattoon. He is also survived by his extended large family and friends, especially life long friend Jim Hendricks of Champaign.

      He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Fred Leonard & Bertha Louisa (Williams) Miller and Percy Douglas & Mae Belle (McGuire) Cox; and great grandmother, Hannah Janie (Jones) McGuire.

      Bruce retired as an engineer from Kraft Foods in Champaign where he received several registered patents for his inventions. He also had worked at Lowe's as an Illinois commercial contractor liaison. In his early years, he ran his own construction company, Cox Roofing and siding, in Mattoon. He liked his motorcycles, his camping trailer, traveling, and cooking (using old family recipes and creating his own cookbook).

      He was the family genealogist, researching diligently to accumulate history, names, and information for over 29,000 persons. He also set up an extensive website and military website plus produced CDs with the family genealogy. He reached out, greatly expanded our family, and brought us closer together.

      A memorial potluck dinner for family and friends is planned for Saturday, July 25, from Noon to whenever, at Lawson Park on S. 14th St., Mattoon, and is open to anyone wishing to join us in remembering Bruce. If you can't make it to the meal, please feel free to join us later. Memorial gifts may be made to Joyce St.Michael, 801 S. 15th St., Mattoon, IL. Contributions will go to a fund for Lilith Cox or continued support for the family website and publications. As Bruce would say, "See you on the beach."