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1947 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
ROBERT COX Robert Earl Cox, age 69, entered into peace Nov. 19, 2016, in Reno, after a long illness. Robert, better known as "Bob", was born May 4, 1947, in Shenandoah, Iowa, to parents, Ovid Ernest and Jessie Mae (nee Eller) Cox. From a young age, he was a phenomenal athlete. He was a varsity starter for three years for Shenandoah High School teams in football, basketball, and track, serving as a captain of the Mustang teams that were among the state's finest in the mid-1960s. Also an accomplished academic, he went on to graduate from Dartmouth College with a degree in geology. Afterwards, during the Vietnam War, he served as a 1st lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force in Bryan, Texas while attending Texas A&M for his master's degree in meteorology. It was at this time he forecasted weather patterns for U2 spy plane missions while starting a family. After school, Bob entered the oil business and began a 35 year mission excelling in environmental science, earning multiple patents along the way, eventually focusing on cleaning up pollution at various sites around the world. This was his passion. His work and wanderlust brought him to remote locations like Midway Island, Diego Garcia, Melbourne, Australia and Walnut Creek, Calif. While in Walnut Creek in the Bay Area, he contributed his labor and expertise to restoring the front doors to the landmark Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. After retiring, he found the town of Boulder City, to be his preferred home, a place of reflection, dabbling in various interests next to the engineering inspiration of Hoover Dam. Bob adored cookies and ice cream. He loathed green vegetables and people who were unkind. He believed that everything should be fair and just, speaking up about it without hesitation or filter, passionately. He will be best remembered for his supernatural attention to detail, and would have guffawed and clapped in recognition at this popular quote, "Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." Bob is survived by his sister, Marilyn Campbell and her husband, Bill of El Cajon, Calif.; brother, Jim Cox of Maryville, Mo.; sister, Beverly Johnson and her husband, Kenneth of Shenandoah, Iowa; nieces and nephews; many good friends; and his three sons, Brandon and wife, Rae of Campbell, Calif., Bennett of Denver and Barrett of Oakland, Calif. In place of memorials, please donate to one of his many favorite things, including Dartmouth College Fund, http://www.dartmouthcollegefund.org/how-give or Shenandoah High School, https://shenandoah.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=7 or Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, http://www.gracecathedral.org/donatenow/ Services will be at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
Published in Boulder City Review on Dec. 1, 2016
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