Gary LeRoy Cox, age 78, passed away on December 2, 2020, returning to his Heavenly Father and rejoicing in the reunion with his loving wife Patti.Gary was born in Goodland, Kansas to Harold and Mabel Cox, the youngest of seven children and the only one to be born in a hospital. He contracted polio as a three year old leaving his young body scarred from the disease. That however would not hold him back in anyway. He had a desire to serve his country with his brothers in the war effort, however despite his determination the Army wouldn't allow his entry due to the polio, a disappointment that he often spoke of. Gary was a gifted singer and loved music. He was a member of a Barbershop Quartet while in his youth providing entertainment to many. He met the love of his life Patricia Ann Phillips while in Roseburg, Oregon. The two soul mates would soon be married and start what would be a wonderful lifetime of love and joy. The couple made their home in Sutherlin, Oregon where Gary worked as a branch manager for a Savings and Loan. Economic challenges and employment opportunities would take them on many travels and relocations to include; Vernal, Utah, Evanston, Wyoming, Rangely, Colorado, Katy, Texas and eventually back to Vernal.The couple raised two natural born children during their lifetime and later would provide a safe home to several youth serving as foster parents and eventually adopting one of them as well.Gary loved to travel with Patti and they would become snowbirds traveling to the south for the winters and return to visit family in the summer. Gary had a love for fishing, (famously known for his fish call), hunting, camping, music, playing bingo with friends, Christmas and his grandkids. He had a love for life and laughter. Gary was preceded in death by his dear wife Patti. He is survived by his children, Judy Cox Roth, (Robert) of Vernal, Utah, Russell Cox, (Dorie) of Evanston, Wyoming, Angel Cox of Charleston, South Carolina, sister Norma, of Vancouver, Washington. He is the proud grandfather of nine grand-children and eight great grand-children.Gary will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but can be comforted in knowing that the challenges he faced are but a memory and the joy of his reunion with Patti is a joyous blessing.A private celebration of life will be conducted at later date.
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