Born: Jan. 6, 1922|
Died: May 17, 2014
GENEVA – William T. Cox, longtime Geneva resident, died on May 17, 2014, at the age of 92 years. Bill was born on Jan. 6, 1922, the second child of Tracy W. and Hazel (Scott) Cox in Rock Island. Bill and his family moved to Geneva in 1956 when he accepted a job with Burgess-Norton.
Bill and Ethel (Williams) were married on Jan. 24, 1942, by a justice-of-peace in Davenport, Iowa.
In 1937, Bill fudged his age and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until 1939 when he was honorably discharged; he also served in the U.S. Navy SeaBees from 1943 through 1945 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was honored to volunteer for service.
During his long career with Burgess-Norton, Bill worked as a metallurgist and developed the hardening agent DH-5. He worked at Burgess-Norton from 1955 until his retirement in 1989.
Bill was a life member of Masonic Trinity Lodge #208, Davenport, the American Legion Post # 75, Geneva and the American Society of Metals. He contributed many hours to the Kane County Sheriff's Patrol.
Having lived a long life, Bill was preceded in death by his wife Ethel, his parents and sister. He is survived by his children, David (Lois) Cox of Geneva and Billie Cox of Phillips, Wis.; five grandchildren Matthew (Jennifer) Cox, Patrick (Amber) Cox and Terra Cox of Geneva and Renee Lightburn, Denver and Tracey Lightburn, Seattle; three great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Evan and Joslynn of Geneva; brother, Carl (Donna) of Arizona; brother-in-law, Sam (Karen) Williams of Florida.
A private family memorial and cremation has taken place. Bill would have liked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Salvation Army whose services benefited him during his childhood in the Depression. For more information, please call the Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, 630-232-7337
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Published in Kane County Chronicle on May 21, 2014