Madison - David William Cox was
born on May 29, 1939, in Minnesota. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on
December 1, 2018 at his home in Madison. David, the eldest of three sons of the
Rev Elverado and Coyla Cox, grew up as a minister’s and later a teacher’s son
in “small-town” mid 1950’s America, but he ultimately became a valued member of
the Diplomatic Corp in the US State Department, living in various cities around
the world. During the first 12 years of his life, David lived in West Concord
and Pine Island, Minnesota. After his father’s death, he moved with his family
to Monroe, Wisconsin, in 1951. David graduated valedictorian of his class from
Monroe High School in 1957, and Summa Cum Laude from Hamline University in
Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1961. He served in the Foreign Service of the US
State Department for 30 years, where he was stationed in Switzerland, Suriname,
Venezuela, and Colombia, and other postings, then later in Washington, DC. After
retirement, and for the past several years, he and his wife Oma have resided in
Madison, Wisconsin. Dave is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother,
and friend to many. He loved his family connections and expanded them, and then
kept up with the extended family all across the United States- and even around
the world- and he played a vital role in reuniting them and becoming part of
their lives after all of the intervening years. David loves sports and was an
especially avid fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (after
forsaking the Washington Redskins). Dave is survived by his wife Oma, daughter
Ximena Bryce and two grandchildren, Taylor and Cayden (Falls Church, VA), and two
brothers (Rev. Charles Cox, Dallas Tx and sons and Tom Cox, Monroe, WI). But
most significantly, will also be sorely missed by his friends, his extended
family, and numerous step relations, all of whom were special parts of his
life, and he in theirs.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI. Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., in Madison, WI., where Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler presided. Interment will be in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI or to your favorite charity in his memory.
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Cress Funeral Home
6021 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53705