March 1, 1931 - February 1, 2014
Visitation: February 27, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Brian Mark Funeral Home
Funeral Service: February 28, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Our Saviors Lutheran Church
Memorials: Memorials gifts may be sent to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the Humane Society or SMILES.
Howard L. Cox
Howard Lee Cox, 82, of Beloit, WI, died Saturday February 1, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Home in Janesville. He was born on March 1, 1931, to the late Wilbur and Corla (Leaver) Cox in Beloit. “Howie” attended Beloit schools and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1949. During his high school years, he was active in football, basketball and baseball. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on January 8, 1951, and served his country as an Aviation Mechanic during the Korean War; his time in the Navy took him on cruises to the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic, and to Guantanamo Bay, until his honorable discharge on November 3, 1954. Howie married Rosemary Nelson on May 9, 1953, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Beloit, where he remained an active member until his recent illness. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 26 years, serving many Beloit neighborhoods as one of their friendliest letter carriers until retiring on January 8, 1987.
Howie enjoyed building things “to last” with his bare hands, including the house that the family would live in on Park Avenue from 1957 up until today. He was instrumental in organizing a group of parents and volunteers to build baseball diamonds and dugouts up the street from their house at McKearn Park, and while serving as the Turner Booster Club President in 1975 -76, he organized a project which led to the building of the Turner High School football field bleachers and grandstands. Later he would go on to volunteer as an escort at Beloit Memorial Hospital for 22 years.
Howie was an avid sports fan, always supporting his favorite Wisconsin teams including the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Wisconsin Badgers. He also enjoyed bowling, golf, local baseball, as well as fishing and car races in MI. He coached Little League and Pony League teams in Beloit Township, and was a well-known football & basketball referee and baseball & softball umpire for over 30 years. His genuine interest in supporting neighborhood kids, his own kids, grandkids, and great grandkids found him attending their activities on a very regular basis. Howie loved Beloit and livened things up wherever he went….. He will be greatly missed.
Howard is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 60 years; his four children, Cindy Blair, Leslie (Terry) Sugden, Mike (Tracy) Cox and Char Kepler; nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Chad) Curtis, Kyle Blair, Matt (Tina) Sugden, Amanda (Casey) Sugden-Nelson, Geoff Sugden, Danni Cox, Lauren (Will Zerey) Kepler, Brittany Kepler and Christopher Kepler; three great grandchildren, Collin Nelson, Brady Nelson& Alyssa Nelson and his sister – in – law Darlene Nelson; many nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses; Velma (Lloyd) Nyberg, Richard (Cora) Cox, Clarence (Marilyn) Cox and his brother – in – law Jess Nelson.
A Celebration of Howie’s life will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 749 Bluff St., Beloit with Rev. Erik Jelinek and Rev. Gene Van Galder co-officiating. Friends will be received on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Brian G. Mark Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit from 4:00 pm. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial gifts may be sent to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the Humane Society, or SMILES. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Cox family on our web site.