Longtime Hyattville/Big Horn County, Wyoming resident Ted Cox passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home between Basin and Greybull, Wyoming.
Ted Cox was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Olney, Illinois, the youngest of four children. His father was a job printer, printing such things as high school annuals, circus handbills, business forms and election ballots. Ted sometimes helped in proofreading.
Ted attended elementary and high school in Olney. He graduated from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, and held a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.
Ted enlisted and served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Korea 1946-47.
Ted married Ruth Ann Johnston in Salem, Illinois on June 3, 1950, while they were students at McKendree. “We married on a Saturday; I conducted worship services on Sunday, and we began summer school on Monday (40 miles away). No way could I have succeeded without her. She kept me at my studies, doing all of my typing.”
Together Ted and Ruth served for the United Methodist Churches in Illinois, Colorado, New York, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Ted was chaplain at the Wyoming Retirement Center and Wyoming Pioneer Home.
Ted and Ruth Ann have five children and more than 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including some who were adopted or acquired through marriages. “I choose to accept them all as our own.”
Ted was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest passion was hunting elk. He hunted through hunting season 2008, with a final elk count of more than 50.
Ted and Ruth Ann loved to travel and visited six continents. Ruth Ann was a constant helpmate to Ted and was instrumental in him enjoying his final years.
Ted is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Stuart and John Cox, and one sister, Mary Lou Cox.
Ted is survived by his wife Ruth Ann of Hyattville and his five children, Bob (Christine) Cox, Harold (Adriane) Cox, Don (Vickie) Cox, Mary Anne Cox (Evan Royal) and Brenda Cox Cowan (Steve) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ted was a charter member of the Ten Sleep-Hyattville Lions Club. Memorial donations to either the Lions Club or the Hyattville United Methodist Church can be made in his name at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82410.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.