May 7, 1934 - April 12, 2008
CHAMPION -- Arlyn Wesley Cox, 73, died Saturday (April 12, 2008) at Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln.
He was born in Champion on May 7, 1934, to John "Kermit" and Wilma Cox. He attended Champion Grade School until the eighth grade. He then went to work on the farm with his dad. He made farming his career for 61 years. He milked Holstein cows, raised corn, wheat, sugar beats, beans, onions, potatoes, hogs, sheep and beef cattle. He also shelled corn and cut silage for many years.
On Aug. 8, 1959, he married Jeannine (Leach) Cox. They spent one year near Enders on the South Divide then settled permanently west of Champion. He retired from farming in 2001.
As a young man he was a 4-H member and exhibited his Holstein dairy cows at the Nebraska State Fair and Aksarben. He also participated in the Golden Gloves boxing club that met in the top of his barn on Saturday nights.
He was a member of the Flatlander Car Club for 30 years, Elks Club for 39 years, Eagles No. 3472 for 30 years and the United Methodist Church for 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; infant brother; and three infant grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannine of Champion; daughters, Arlys Cupp and husband, Ed of Champion and Tonya Lauer and husband, Terry of Greeley, Colo.; sister, Patty Kilpatrick and husband, Bill of Tie Siding, Wyo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today at First United Methodist Church in Imperial with the Rev. Kay Alnor officiating. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Champion.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.