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Gerald Jay Cox, O.D.
November 11, 1921 to April 25, 2018

Longtime Whittier resident Gerald "Gerry" Cox passed away on April 25th, 2018. He was 96 years old.

He was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1921 to Jay Lloyd Cox and Libbey (Gross) Cox. He was the oldest of six children - four sisters, Jean Yauchzee, Barbara Thoemmes, Dorothy Hacker and Loinne Stephenson, and one brother, Lyle Cox. He is preceded in death by his wife, father, mother and brother. The family moved from Greeley to Whittier in 1939. While in Greeley, Gerald was senior class president of Greeley Central High School. Once the family moved to Whittier, he attended Pasadena City College, Whittier College and Southern California College of Optometry. The family also started attending the Whittier First United Methodist Church after moving to Whittier, and Gerald remained an active member throughout his life.

In 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Signal Corps, stationed in the continental United States as well as Iwo Jima and Austria. After active duty, he served in the Army reserves into the 1970's. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Cox practiced optometry in uptown Whittier, serving the local residents for decades. His practice continues to thrive as the offices of Dr. Guy Kato, O.D. He was a long-time active member in the Whittier Kiwanis Club, serving in many leadership positions, as well as a member of the Whittier YMCA Y's Men's Club, also serving in many capacities.

He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, and for his great sense of humor. His hobbies included fishing, golf, and gardening. He was known for his dedication to the care of his fruit trees and to his roses.

Gerald is survived by his four children, Pamela Smith, Daniel Cox, Maureen Cox and Steven Cox (Annette). He was married to Jane (Clute), the mother of Pamela and Daniel, from 1942 to 1952, and married to Marian (Bayless), the mother of Maureen and Steven, from 1956 until her passing in 1989. He is also survived by his 9 grandchildren: Kristen and Ian (children of Pamela), Jason (son of Daniel), Madeline (daughter of Maureen) and Brendan, Hayden, Camden, Jordan and Kaden (sons of Steven).

There will be a memorial service on May 26, 2018 at 2 pm at the Whittier First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of traditional flowers, the family would request that you bring a single cut rose. Additionally, if anyone desires to make a donation in Gerald's name, he was a lifelong supporter of the Whittier First United Methodist Church, the Whittier Y Service Club, Kiwanis International and the Southern California College of Optometry (Ketchum University).
Published in Whittier Daily News on May 23, 2018
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