REPUBLIC, Mich. - James Richard Cox, Sr., age 82, of Duluth, died at home September 8, 2012, with his family by his side.
He was born in Ishpeming, Mich., March 11, 1930, to John and Anna (Fowler) Cox. Jim grew up in Republic, Mich., and graduated from high school in 1949. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November, 1951. After basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas Jim was sent to Korea for 13 months and honorably discharged in September, 1953.
Jim went to Chicago and worked at the A&P Tea Company, as produce clerk, and later managed stores in and around Chicago. In 1962 Jim bought his own store in Oak Park, Ill. He and his family moved to Duluth in 1973. Jim worked for food Services of America (formerly Gamble Robinson) as a truck driver and later as Director of Operations.
James Richard Cox Sr.
After retiring, he spent many hours volunteering as a conductor and engineer for L.S. & M. Railroad and then for North Shore Scenic Railroad, which he really enjoyed.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jayne Ann Weldon, Marguerite Campbell, Patricia Derner and Jean Johnson.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Ruth (Evans) Cox; sons, James Jr., (Terri) and John; daughter, Margie (Mark) Bennett; three grandchildren, Amanda Cox (Tony Gibbs), Travis Cox and Jessie (Joe) Montoye; two great-grandsons, Ty and Jace Montoye; nieces, nephews; his loyal companion, Sophie; and extended family, the Ridgewells.
The family extends a special thank you to essential Health Oncology, Out Patient and Hospice for the wonderful care Jim received.
Memorials may be given to Lester Park United Methodist church or the North Shore Scenic Railroad.
Visitation from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, September 15 at Lester Park United Methodist Church, 5401 E. Superior St. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota, 624-5200.