Madison - David William Cox, age 79, passed away unexpectedly on December 1st at his home in Madison, WI. He was the husband of Oma Lynn (Zimmerman) Cox , whom he married on December 29th, 2007 in Washington, D.C. Previous marriages to Mavourneen (Ellis) Cox (1972) and Dorothy (Neunert) Cox (1983). David was proceeded in death by his father, Elverado "Ray" Cox (1951) and his mother, Coyla Krueger Cox (2006). He is survived by his wife Oma in Madison, WI; daughter Ximena Cox Bryce, son-in-law Stephen Bryce, granddaughter Taylor Bryce and grandson Cayden Bryce all in Falls Church, VA; step daughter Cindy Neunert in New York, NY; Brothers Thomas in Monroe, WI and Rev. Charles Cox (and sons Jeff and Greg) in Dallas, Tx. He is also survived by several cousins, extended family, and numerous step relations through his wife Oma. All were a special parts of his life, and he in theirs.
David was born in Owatonna, MN on May 29th,1939. The eldest of three sons, David grew up as a minister's and teacher's son in "small-town" mid 1950's America. 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 Suma Cum Laud from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1961. He became a valued member of the Diplomatic Corp with the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer, living in various countries around the world including Switzerland, Suriname, Venezuela, Uruguay and Colombia, and later in Washington, DC. He served in the Foreign Service for 30 years. After retirement he and wife Oma relocated from Alexandria, VA to Madison, WI. He loved his family connections and expanding them, keeping up with extended family all across the United States and around the world. He played a vital role in reuniting with extended family and becoming part of their lives after all of the intervening years. David loves sports and was an avid fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers (after forsaking the Washington Redskins). David is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be 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 will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., in Madison, WI., with Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler presiding. Service and Interment will take place at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., December 17th, 2018.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI or to your favorite charity in his memory.
I came to know David best during the time when he was in the DC area and came regularly to Madison to check on his mother. I was impressed with the fact that he came so far as he did and so regularly. His mother had been a beacon for me in my journey. She saved tasks for him to do. He never complained. I was impressed by his thoughtfulness. carefulness and caring. That's just the kind of man he was.
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