Jim Cox, age 59, died Sunday morning, September 11, 2011, in rural Ford County, Kansas.
He was born October 10, 1951, in Meade, Kansas, the son of James Paul and Mary D. (Eakes) Cox. As a young boy he attended the St. Patrick’s Parochial School. He later attended Southwestern Heights High School, graduating in 1969.
On September 13, 1969, he married Karliss Jean Bond at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Plains. After their marriage the couple made their home in Plains. He later began his career with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. In 1971, the couple moved to Elkhart, Kansas until 1978 when they returned to Plains and have made their home. In 1982, they became owners of the Plains Tavern and are still active in the operations.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, National Rifle Association, and was a former president of the Artesian Valley Sports Club, Inc. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working with livestock, and most of all spending time with his family and friends, particularly his grandchildren.
He is survived by: His wife, Karliss Cox of rural Plains, Kansas; Three sons, Troy Cox and wife Dionne of Hutchinson, Kansas, Darin Cox and wife Maria of Plains, Kansas, Brian Cox and wife Monica of Plains, Kansas; Mother and stepfather, Mary and Leonard Friesen of Plains, Kansas; Two brothers, Mike Cox and wife Vicki of McPherson, Kansas, Rick Cox of Wichita, Kansas; Two sisters, Carolyn Wilcox and husband Ron of Sublette, Kansas, Marilyn Labra and husband Bruno of Colwich, Kansas; Nine grandchildren, Tyler, Spencer, Ryen, Logan, Brayden, Kyler, Alyssa, Aaron, & Melanie.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Paul Cox in October, 1963.
Vigil services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Plains. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2011, at the church. Interment will follow in the Plains Cemetery, Plains. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, and from 6:00 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
The family would welcome memorials to the OK Kids Day or the Friends of the Meade State Lake in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com