Ursell W. Cox, 83, of Brazil, died May 25, 2005, at 4:45 p.m. at his residence after battling an extended illness. He was born September 24, 1921, in Oakwood, Ohio, to Ursell and Helen Markovitz Cox.
While attending Kendallville High School he was on the basketball and baseball teams. He was also an accomplished saxophonist in the Dance Band earning the nickname of "Boy Wizard" for his talent. After high school, he worked for his father at the Meat Market as a butcher and manager. He then joined the United States Marine Corps. in 1942 and served in World War II fighting in Iwo Jima and Japan. Once returning from the war, he returned to work with his father after which he began working for Marsh Food Lines, and finally becoming a Regional Manager of Peter Eckrich and Sons. He was an avid golfer. He served as the head starter at Plantation Country Club in Crystall River, Florida, and loved to teach others the game.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Mary Lou Somheil Cox, his children: Faye Ellen Ayers and husband Richard of Bradenton, Fla; Carolyn Lambert of Fort Wayne, IN; Ursell Cox Jr. and wife Kay of Thorntown, IN; Anglie Kowitz of Brazil, IN; Jacque Zingg of San Diego, CA; Chuck Brush and wife Sheri of Elmhurst, IL; three sisters: Helen and husband Mac Grossman of Kendallville, IN, Pat and husband Richard Shooner of Danville, CA, Margaret and husband Archer Page of San Diego, CA; nineteen grandchildren: Mary Kay Wymer, Lisa, Josh and Luke Holifield, Ashley Kowitz, Jacob, Sam and Lucas Brush, Bill and Michael South, Tammy Waggle, Jason and Heather Cox, Jon Stevenson, Cara Haraschak, Ursula Sages, Don, Shanda, and Jerred Lambert; and 16 great-grandchildren.Services will be Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Comp officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with a military walk through at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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