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William D. Cox

Mar 7, 2012 - Staff

Memorial services will be at a later date for William D. "Bill" Cox, 79, who died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center in Thermopolis.

William Dell Cox was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Sarben, Neb., the son of Glen J. and Nela M. (Rollings) Cox. His family moved to Laramie when he was 11, and they then moved to Pavillion, where he graduated high school in 1950.

Mr. Cox then received two years of education from the University of Wyoming before he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving from April 1953 until April 1955.

On Aug. 31, 1955, he married Dorothy "Dot" Lybarger in Lander. The couple lived in Casper before moving to Douglas in 1975. Mr. Cox worked as a crane operator for Charlie Smith Construction. He also owned and operated "To a Radio Service," working as a radio technician in Douglas, before cell phones were common. The couple retired to Thermopolis in 1994.

His family said Mr. Cox loved to go backpacking for weeks in the summer with his springer spaniel, Sunny, who carried his own saddle bag full of dog food. He also enjoyed photography, archery and mountain biking throughout Wyoming.

Survivors include his wife, Dot, of Thermopolis; son Joseph and his wife Cheri of Lindsey, Ohio; daughter Carolee Hornbuckle and her husband Kirk of Douglas; eight grandchildren, ReAnnah Caves of Wheatland, Laura Carlson of Bar Nunn, Jolene Good of Gillette, Scott Hornbuckle of Douglas, Stacy Horbuckle of Billings, Mont., Cameo Cox of Douglas, Jennifer Deselms of Lander, and Sasha Demmy of Fremont, Ohio; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Wilson and Evelyn Gustin, both of Lander; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph Cox, and a sister, Eileen Pickinpaugh.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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