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Robert Louis Cox, 92, of Swanton, Ohio, formerly of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the Swanton Health Care Center. He was born on January 20, 1921, to Edward Carter and Ila Eva (Pray) Cox in Williamsburg, Michigan. He married Theo Yovonne Hanna on August 28, 1942.
Bob was a 1937 graduate of Williamsburg High School and later attended Ferris State in Big Rapids, Michigan and the United Aircraft School in Wichita, Kansas. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps enlisting on September 29, 1942, and serving through January of 1946 as Sgt. Major of the 8th Fighter Group in the Phillipines. He lived in Williamsburg, Michigan until 1957 as a cherry farmer before moving to Toledo, Ohio to work for Acme Quality Paint. In 1965 Bob opened his own business, Color Haven and continued to work there with family for over 38 years until retirement. Bob was a WWII veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 0373, Delta, Ohio.
Bob is survived by his loving children, Robert Thomas Cox, Delecia (William) Gray, Edward L. (Vickie) Cox and Cynthia A. Harrison; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; stepsisters, Leah (Harlan) Richie, and Beth (Jerry) Ness. He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; stepfather, Dale Roy Stilson, and stepmother, Ilah (Beckwith) Cox.
Friends will be received on Friday, May 17, 2013, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Neville Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel, 7438 Airport Highway, Holland, Ohio (419-865-8879) where funeral services will be held following the visitation at 3:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Circle Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg, Michigan. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 7715 W. Bancroft, Toledo, Ohio, 43617 or Gentiva Odyssey Hospice, 1745 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio, 43537. Condolences may be made to the family at
Published in Toledo Blade on May 16, 2013