PIQUA — Charles (Chuck) Andrew Cox Sr. 89, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at 12:16 a.m. at Heartland of Piqua. A lifelong resident of Piqua, Chuck was born July 14, 1924, in Piqua to the late Wilbur and Hattie (Saunders) Cox. He married Mary Lou Macy on September 5, 1942 in Winchester, Ind. She preceded him in death on Sept. 14, 1994.
Charles is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sandie Cox, Piqua, Charles, Jr and Lynn Cox, Casstown; two daughters, Patricia Garwood, West Carrollton and Connie Lind, Piqua; one brother and sister-in-law, Edward (Buck) and Anne Cox, Troy; two sisters and brother-in-law, Margaret and Gene McClannan, Piqua; Wanda Long, Piqua; 15 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur Cox Jr., brother-in-law, William Long, son-in-law, Steve Lind and granddaughter, Kimberly Lind.
Chuck attended Piqua Central High School and was a graduate of Edison State Community College, studying Real Estate and Appraising courses.
Chuck proudly served in U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the 10th Army in Okinawa and occupied Korea as a TEC Corporal. Chuck was a Half Trac driver and Radio Man. He was a member of the first World War II veterans traveling to Washington, DC in 2007 to visit the World War II Memorial.
He was a State of Ohio Certified General Real Estate Appraiser from 1968-2013 and a builder and land developer. In 1950, he became Owner/President of Chuck Cox Realty Inc. Chuck was named Realtor of the Year in 1974. He was a member of Home Builders Association of Miami County, Ohio Association and National Association of Home Builders, Director of Miami County Board of Realtors, President of Piqua Improvement Corporation, on the Board of Directors of Miami Memorial Park, and president for Piqua Development Twenty Inc.
Chuck was a 50-plus-year member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He belonged to the Elks Lodge, Piqua Lions Club, Border City Luncheon Club and Piqua American Legion Post 184. Chuck was a City Commissioner 3rd Ward from 1982-1989 and Vice Mayor from 1956-1959. Chuck retired from Real Estate in 2012 and Appraising in 2013. You could always find Chuck visiting with friends and enjoying hot chocolate and pancakes at Bob Evans.
Family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. A service to honor Chuck's life will be held at the Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Kazy Hinds and Dr. Wilson Kuhn co-officiating. Burial will follow at Miami Memorial Park, Covington, OH. Full military honors will be presented by The Elite Tribute Squad.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St, Piqua, OH 45356 or Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.