Clyde Robert Cox, 65, passed away suddenly on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. He was born March 3, 1946 in Bozeman, and was adopted by Clyde and Midora Cox, of Four Corners. He graduated from Gallatin County High School and studied accounting for two years at Montana State College.
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In the 1970s, along with his mother, he developed and built the Wheel In – a self-service gas station and store at Four Corners, on property where he lived his entire life. He grew up drumming in local bands, playing at the C.M. Lounge, and with the Formal Dance Club band. He became a member of Masonic Lodge 18 of Bozeman in 1984. For much of his life, he was proud to be the head usher at Bozeman United Methodist Church, where he had also been baptized and confirmed. After the death of his beloved mother, Midora, in 1999, neighbors Sandi and Larry Morris opened Midora's Middle Creek Market on the gas station site, becoming like family to him.
Always ready with a smile and a new joke, Rob (or "Robbie") was a friend to many, and extremely generous with his time and money. Besides ushering for two services every Sunday morning for years, he also volunteered at Bozeman Health and Rehabilitation Center (Evergreen Care Center). On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he was the bingo caller. People remember him missing only one day in the past twelve years! Rob was a special friend to all the residents there. He also was known for driving friends and acquaintances to doctor's appointments. He could often be seen walking around town, and riding his bike – habits begun in his early youth – and driving his truck. He loved to walk at the mall and was a regular at the Kountry Korner Café in Four Corners for many years. Everyone who knew Rob agreed that, "he didn't have a mean bone in his body."
Though Rob was the last surviving member of his family, he leaves behind a large extended family throughout the Gallatin Valley, impacted by his friendship and generosity. They will all miss his enthusiasm, charm, and sense of humor very much.
Interment will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, with memorial service to follow at 10 a.m. at Bozeman United Methodist Church.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719, or to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 911 West 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. ww.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2011