Kenneth Milton Cox (1952 - 2018)

  • "See you on the other side my friend!"
    - Charlie Mettille
  • "Hello Kim, Charlie is in Alaska and said that he saw you. ..."
    - Diana Mettille
  • "So very sad to read of Ken's passing. He was such a kind..."
    - Kimberly King
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    - Bonnie Cavanaugh
  • "Kim, there are no words to express to you how sorry we..."
    - Duffy Phillips

Kenneth Milton Cox of Kenai went home to be with the Lord Jesus Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Ken was born April 26, 1952, in Butte, Montana to Kenneth H. and Kathryn (Waters) Cox. At age 3, the family moved to Billings, Montana where Ken graduated from West High School in 1970. Inspired by watching John Wayne in "Green Beret," with lifelong friend Ken Balster, both decided to enlist in the military. Ken joined the Marines Jan. 4, 1971, which was a special day as Grandpa Milt Waters had passed away on that date, two years prior. Ken trained as a radio operator, qualified as rifle expert, received meritorious promotion to Corporal (E-4), and was honorably discharged in 1976.

At age 12, while attending church with Grandpa Waters, Ken made the decision to accept Jesus as his Savior. In 1975 while holding his firstborn son, Peter Marshall, Ken was moved to commit his life to follow Christ. Ken was blessed in 1979 with his second son, Caleb Andrew. Being called by God "to know and understand the times" Ken joyfully rose at 3 a.m. every morning to pray for family, friends, community, and nations. Ken lovingly discipled others for seven years from his own garage and led several home bible studies. He was a master fisher-of-men … always encouraging others to start and build their walk with Jesus.

In the fall of 1990, Ken's favorite time of year, Ken and Kim united their everlasting love in a small chapel in the foothills of Montana's Beartooth mountains. Ken worked as an underground miner, NFIB rep, and was a carpenter, like his Master Jesus. One of his most notable creations is the cabinetry still in use at Mt. Rushmore Visitor Center. With faith, Ken realized a lifelong dream and moved to Alaska in 2000. For 17 years he worked in the Fabrication Shop at Tesoro Refinery where he designed and constructed scaffolding. To Ken, the most important part of his job and life were the relationships he built!

Ken was a lover of classic western movies, good music - and most of all the Word of God. He enjoyed shooting recurve bows, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, rock/ice climbing and walking his "furry" girls Kalytoo and Chesi. His sense of humor and genuine unique laughter brought joy to many hearts. Ken always said, "There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment." As a man after God's own heart, Ken lived life full-on with passion, integrity and no regrets.

Legacy: His beloved wife Kim (Songer) Cox, Kenai; sons, Peter Marshal (Katierose), Kenai, and Caleb Andrew (Cyndi), Lynnwood, Washington; granddaughters, Kaya and Moriah, Kenai; brothers, Steven (Barbara) Vancouver, Washington, and William (Peggy) Walla Walla, Washington; nephews, Michael and Austin; nieces, Natasha, Dominique, and Courtney; and many extra-special cousins.

A Celebration of Life honoring Ken will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 12815 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK. Reception following. A celebration will be held later in the summer/fall in Montana. We love you Ken! Until we meet again.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 14, 2018