Lt. Col. (Ret.) Charles Glenn Cox, 73, USAR, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home in Niceville, Fla., on March 17, 2012, following a long illness.
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He was born April 25, 1938, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Charles Amasa and Elner Leona Taylor Cox. He grew up in the Shelley, Idaho, area as the eldest of eight sons. He married Melba June Pugmire of Fish Haven, Idaho, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on April 10, 1959, and together raised three sons and two daughters.
Charlie was a Vietnam veteran and retired in 1987 as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received his manufacturing engineering degree from Utah State University in 1973, and lived in Shelley, where he retired in 2001. He and his wife moved in 2003 to make their home in Niceville, Fla. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and served in many callings within the church.
He served as a volunteer Idaho Fish and Game officer, teaching hunter education to two generations of youth in Shelley. He served as a Police Reserve lieutenant for the Shelley City Police Force. When he moved to Florida he became an Auxiliary member of the U.S. Coast Guard.
He is survived by his loving wife, Melba; son, Jonathan Cox (Teresa); daughter, Julie Murdoch (Royce), both of Shelley; son, Charles Cox (Geri) of Newport, N.C.; daughter, Jennifer Smith (Craig); and son, Jeremy Cox (Nina) of Niceville. Also surviving him are his brothers, Gayle Cox (Luane) and Randy Cox (Pam) of Blackfoot, Idaho, Leigh Cox (Joyce) of Show Low, Ariz., Lynn Cox (Ann) of Columbia, Md., Kevin Cox (Cynthia) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Taylor Cox (DeAnne) of Boise, Idaho; and sister-in-law, Peggy Cox of Murray, Utah. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Cox; and brother, Lloyd Cox.
Our special thanks to the Emerald Coast Hospice personnel for their kind and tender care during his last illness, and to the nurses and doctors in hospitals and oncology labs who attended to his needs.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Niceville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Palm and 27th St., Niceville. A viewing will be held Thursday evening, March 22, from to 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Brackney Funeral Home, 480 E. James Lee Blvd., in Crestview, Fla. A brief viewing will also be held at the church before the funeral from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Military services will be at Fort Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola NAS, Fla., on Monday, March 26, at 11:45 a.m. for family and close friends.
Brackney Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 21, 2012