Cox, John C. (February 1, 1918 - May 13, 1998)

Rev. John Cox

Douglas Budget - May 17, 1998

Rev. John C. Cox, a Methodist minister who was pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Douglas from 1957-61, died May 13 at Avista Hospital in the Denver suburb of Louisville.

He was 80 and had been in failing health for several months. A memorial service was held May 17 at First United Methodist church in Boulder.

Cox left Wyoming to become pastor of the Methodist church in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he officiated at the funeral of Olympic skier Buddy Werner. He lived most recently in Woodland Park, Colo., where he taught a Bible class at the local church and delivered the sermon as guest pastor on Mother's Day 1997. He also was a counselor for Camp Hope, a church-run camp for the developmentally disabled.

He was born Feb. 1, 1918, in Centerville, Iowa, and grew up in Olney, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree in 1940 and spent World War II developing new plastics for the Monsanto Chemical Co.

He married the former Bette Jane Bolewine in Springfield, Mass., on Feb. 21, 1944. After the war he entered Hartford Seminary, serving small parishes in Connecticut and upstate New York before moving west in 1955. Before taking the pulpit in Douglas, he preached for about two years in Wiley and McClave, Colo.

Cox left the ministry in 1965 to become an electronics and instrument repair technician for Max's Music Co. in Glenwood Springs, Colo. In 1976 he moved to Irving, Texas, to open an electronics service department for Brook Mays Music Co. in Dallas.

He returned to Colorado in 1981, settling first in Lafayette, where he worked as a quality control specialist for Technetics in nearby Boulder, then retiring to Woodland Park in 1992. Mrs. Cox died in 1994.

Survivors include son Jack of Denver; daughters Kitty Keim of Boulder, Wendy Warner of Denton, Texas, and the Rev. Eloise Saltzgaver of Carbondale, Colo.; a brother, the Rev. Ted Cox of Hyattville; sister Mary Lou Cox of Denver; and eight grandchildren.

The family requests contributions to Camp Hope, c/o Rocky Mountain Conference, United Methodist Church, 2200 S. University Blvd., Denver 80210


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