Thomas J. Cox

Thomas J Cox was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on March 25, 1928 to William Absalom and Cecile Claudia Cox. He was the youngest of their four children, William Absalom Cox, John Calhoun Cox and Mary Louise (Williams) Long. He grew up in California and Colorado where Tom graduated from Englewood High School. After high school he joined the Army Air Force and honorably served his country from 1946 to 1949 in Alaska. After the service he moved to California where he met and later married Wanda Lee Moore on June 25, 1950 in Keyes, California. Tom's career of over 40 years in the aircraft and communications/radar industries allowed the family to live in many places in the U.S. including California (Alameda, Los Angeles, Palmdale, Novato, Oceanside, Carlsbad), Colorado (Colorado Springs), Arizona (Yuma), Washington (Seattle), and briefly in Salem, Massachusetts and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Tom worked for Northrop, RCA, and Litton Industries and was regarded as an expert in military communications. He retired to Colorado Springs in 1996. Tom always enjoyed telling a good joke, and memorized many of his favorites for retelling. He faithfully scoured the neighborhoods at weekly yard sales in search of the next bargain. He valued education and was proud to claim that all five of his children and his two oldest grandchildren graduated from college. He was a devoted family man, who loved and cared for his wife, children and grandchildren. His hobbies included woodworking, do-it-yourself home projects, gardening, fishing and camping. Tom was preceded in death by his beloved wife Wanda, his parents, brothers and sister. He is survived by his children Bill Cox (Tina), Cheryl Daly, David Cox (Carolyn Anne), Steven Cox, Kevin Cox (Colleen), and his grandchildren Brendan (Elizabeth), Erin, Carson, Tanner, Wyatt and Fynn Cox. Services will be held February 15, 2013, 9:30 a.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver Colorado.

Published in The Gazette from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013