South English- Ronald Howard Cox was born January 21, 1945 in South English, Iowa, the son of John and Cleo Dell (Leathers) Cox Jr. He attended school in South English and North English. On April 25, 1970 Ron was united in marriage to Marcia Hope Ballard at the United Methodist Church in North English. Over the years Ron worked for Kaiser's Quarry, Strohman's, Amana Refrigeration and the City of North English as a police officer. In 1973, they opened Ron's Café and in 1976, they opened Cox Sanitation and Recycling in North English. He was a lifetime resident of South English. Ron was a member of the South English Baptist Church. He enjoyed bowling, racing his camaro, mowing lawns, working and spending time with his family. Ron died on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at his home in South English, at the age 74.
He is survived by his wife Marcia of South English; two sons Larry (Keya) Cox of North English and Ron (Lisa) Dietze of Seattle, WA; a daughter Angela (Brad) Allison of Kinross; eight grandchildren Courtney, Leia (Joe), Kristen, Annie (Zac), Alicia (Matt), Haylee (Matt), Meghan and Tricia; ten great grandchildren DeJia, Mason, Ellie, Grady, Bentley, Forrest, Bella, Mallory, Bryce & Maci; two nephews Todd and Emmett "Bud" Cox; and a niece Kandi Hergert. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Larry and Emmett Sr.; and a son-in-law Bob Weber.
Celebration Of Life Service will be held 10:30 am on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Powell Funeral Home in North English. Burial will be in the South English Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. A general memorial fund has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com