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Retired CDR Sidney S. Cox USN

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Cox, CDR Sidney S., USN, Retired

Feb. 24, 1925 - May 28, 2014

CDR Sidney S. Cox USN, Retired, of Sarasota, Florida passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 89 after a short illness. At his request, there will be no local services. The family wishes to express their appreciation to his many friends and neighbors for all of the love and affection shown to him through the years. Inurnment with full military honors will be scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

Sid grew up in Independence, Kan. and joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1949. That same year he married the love of his life, Arden Marie Heim, of Baltimore, MD, to whom he was a devoted husband until her death in 2011.

Commissioned as a naval officer, and becoming a naval aviator assigned to Carrier Air Group Eleven, he saw action on two separate missions during the Korean War. Upon returning to his ship, the USS Phillippine Sea, the flight deck crew pointed out to Sid several bullet holes from enemy anti-aircraft guns that had pierced his Corsair, including one in the pilot's canopy only three inches above his head.

Sid went on to attain a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Navy's Post Graduate school in Monterey, California in 1955, and a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from M.I.T. in Boston, Mass., in 1957. His military career spanned twenty years, in which he participated in NASA's early space programs, as well as in the development of the prototypes of drones adapted to military use, and later to the design of the F-4 Phantom jet with targeting and weaponry systems newly developed for the Vietnam War. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1968.

Sid is survived by three daughters, Cathie Cox of Austin, TX; Claudia Holman and husband Jim of Coronado, CA; and Carla Cox Handly and husband Marshall of Beverly, MA.; twelve grandchildren: Nate Holman, Michael Holman, Emily Holman, Claire Holman, Monica Holman, Mary Holman and Tom Holman; Jenny Ehrenkranz, and Scott Ehrenkranz; and Ellen Handly, Anne Marie Handly, and Laura Handly; and two great-grandchildren, Ella Holman and Cecilia Holman. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Claudia Stewart of Ft. Myers, nephew Bill Tucker of Mt. Airy, MD, and niece Tracy Tucker Kozar of Safety Harbor, FL. His brother Sam Cox of Claremore, OK, preceded him in death in November 2013.

A special word of appreciation for Sid's two caregivers, Elli Cole and Lynnette Moore.

Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Herald Tribune from June 8 to June 9, 2014
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