DUNLAP - Richard Paul Cox, 79, of Dunlap, Ill., died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in his home.
He was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Virginia, Ill., to Paul and Frieda (Money) Cox. He married Jacquiline Gray of Peoria, Ill., on May 1, 1955.
He proudly worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company for 38 years before retiring.
He was an avid sports fan, coaching Little League Baseball, and followed his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, through five World Series in his lifetime. Dick enjoyed playing the guitar and singing gospel hymns with his sisters. He was a member of the Pekin Barber Shop Chorus. He loved to camp, fish and hunt with his family in his free time. He enjoyed woodworking with his wife in their workshop at home. He never knew a stranger and always made everyone feel welcome.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie; four children, Richard G. (Carolyn) Cox, Janet M. (Jim) Metzger, David A. (Dawn) Cox and John R. Cox, all of Dunlap, Ill.; five grandchildren, Stephanie D. (Kevin) Early, Angela M. Patterson, Matthew M. (Michele) Cox, Stacy L. Metzger and Beau R. (Elizabeth) Cox; nine great-grandchildren, Blake Cox Rosenbohm, Michael J. Cox, Tyler J. Patterson, Derek I. Cox, Megan M. Cox, Cole R. Cox, Allie M. Winters, Fiona D. Early and Melissa D. Cox; four sisters, Jo Ann Megredy, Marilyn (Art) Brown, Barbara (Jim) Masten and Linda (Jim) Hughes; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 19, 2014, at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria, Ill. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with Rick Rogy officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the
or UnityPoint Hospice of Peoria.
Online condolences may be made at www.woolsey-wilton.com.