David Eugene Cox

David Eugene Cox

David Eugene Cox

Funeral services for David Eugene Cox, 54, Linwood, were held at 2 p.m. Friday August 13th at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Cox died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, on the family farm, from injuries sustained in a farming accident.

He was born Aug. 9, 1956, in Lawrence, the son of Howard E. and Lorene Reetz Cox. He graduated from Linwood High School in 1974, and later served in the United States Marine Corps.  He then graduated in 1994 with a Civil Engineering Degree from Kansas University. He earned his CE master’s degree from Kansas University in 2000 while working full time.

Mr. Cox was employed by the City of Olathe as a utilities engineering manager for the past 10 years. He had previously worked for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and also at a private consulting firm in Kansas City, Kan. He also farmed his family’s farm. He spent many years as a Douglas County 4-H project leader of forestry, geology, and horticulture.

He married Jodi Creque on Nov. 3, 1984, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Eudora and remained there as a member. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Jessica L. Reding and husband Gabriel, Linwood, and Mary Ellen, of the home; two sons, Jacob David and Alexander Eugene, both of the home; his parents, Linwood; two sisters, Marilyn Cox Whitenton and husband Philip, Yuma, Ariz., and Sheri Flory and husband Paul, Baldwin City; two grandsons, Matthew and Nicholas; and his mother-in-law,  La Jeanne Creque.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The casket will remain closed.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Douglas County 4-H, or to the David E. Cox Memorial Scholarship at Eudora High School for post-secondary engineering students, in care of the funeral home, 601 Ind., Lawrence, KS., 66044.

Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com

Messages & Condolences

From Kathy scholle...

Marilyn and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God gives each one of you strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


From Sharon & Mike Shelhamer...

Dear Marilyn and Family,
We are so very sad to hear of your sudden loss. Marilyn, we did not know your brother, but like you, he is a strong, principled role model for us all it seems. May these proud and fond memories comfort you throughout this difficult time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sharon & Mike

From Kristie Van Dyn Hoven...

Marilyn and family…I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words to express…so for now you are in my thoughts and prayers! Kristie

From Mary Lou Klein...

How hard it is to lose someone so young, someone who has touched so many lives in positive ways. Someone wrote, “Life is like a poem. Some are short, some are long, but all are complete when the Author lays down his pen.” May your faith in our heavenly Father give you comfort and peace that passes understanding. – Pastor Mary Lou


As the former owners of DeSoto Feed and Grain we have had the pleasure of knowing david and did enjoy his visits to the elevator. He was a very enjoyable person to do business with, Our condolences to the entire family I am sure your loss is great.


From Wayne and Bobbie Neis...

We are so sorry for your loss. Your fanily is in our thoughts and prayers.

From Dave Parr...

Jodi and Family, I knew David as student in my undergraduate and graduate classes. He was a great guy and an exceptional engineer. As a member of his MS committee, I had the pleasure of listening to his project presentation. It was one of the best MS presentations I have attended.

Though you will miss David greatly, trust that he will always be with you. My thoughts are with all of you.

From Peter and Andi Bock and family...

Dear Jodi, Mary, Alex, Jacob
We were shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Your children are his beautiful legacy. God Bless and comfort all of you and your extended family.

From Ron Hallenbeck...

To: David Cox Family

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. David always kept excellent care of our farm and strived to go beyond the expected. It is our sincere prayer that time will heal your loss from this devestating accident.

Ron, Roger, and Larry Hallenbeck

From Laura Weiss-Cook...

Mary and family,

I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. May your memories bring you some small comfort.


From Paul Walrod and family...

Dearest Cox family,
The people you are and have been with me and my family are a reflection of the kind and successful people you are and who David was. I enjoyed every conversation I ever had with him about Mary, Jacob, and Alex’s education and futures. He was a very intelligent man who cared so much about you guys receiving the best, always. Please know my family and I are praying for you through this difficult time and with all the transitions. Please allow me to be of help or service to you if/when you need it–ALL of you!

From Barbara Parker...

Dear Jodi and family,
I remember being a part of the celebration when your children were born–and working with you for so many years in L & D, then as you went to to become an FNP. I am so very sorry for your loss, there are just no appropriate words…

Just know you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people right now.

Barb Parker

From Scott Keltner...

David was one of the few parents I ever met who could talk about the math I was teaching his kids and give the impression that he wanted to be in my class more than they did (which says a lot since he raised such good kids). Through having Mary, Jacob, and Alex in class, I’ve collected a lot of fond memories of David’s kindness, intelligence, compassion, and zest for life. He will be dearly missed, but his wife and kids leave a great legacy of how he lived and will live on. God bless you all.

Scott Keltner

From debra placek...

Dear Jodi and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you strength during this most difficult time. please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
deb placek

From Roether Family...

Jodi and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. If there is anything that we can do for you,let us know.
Sean, Tammy, and Madison Roether

From Paul Graves...

Dear Cox Family,

Our sympathies on David’s passing. I was fortunate to work with David at KDHE and remember his quiet humor and strength of character. He was very dedicated to his family and mentioned you often. May God help you in this time of grieving.

Paul Graves and Family

From Michele Caldwell...

Dear Jodi~
Joe and I are so sorry to hear about sudden loss. We want you to know that your family is in our thoughts an prayers during this difficult time.

~Michele & Joe Caldwell

From Tina Roseberry and family...

I am so sorry to hear of this horrible accident and the loss of David. I only got to meet my distant cousin once, but your family was very blessed to have such a friendly man in your life, ever so short! He will be missed by many. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Tina

From Vicki & Marion Johnson, Tyler, Logan and Connor...

Jodi, Mary, Jacob and Alex,

We are holding your family close in our prayers.

Vicki and Marion Johnson
Tyler,Logan and Connor

From Judi Wolfe...

Lorene and Howard,
My sympathy for your great loss. Please know I am thinking of you.

From Julie Merchant...

My sweet friend, I am so sorry for this indescribable loss. My prayers are with you and I know God will hold you in the palm of His hand in the days to come. How blessed you are to have been married to such a wonderful man. I am so sorry you didn’t have more years with him.
Hugs today,
Julie Merchant, your NP school friend.

From Steve Swaffar...

Jodi and family,

I am so sorry to hear about David. I have so much respect and admiration for Dave when we worked together at KDHE and after. He is missed already. Our thoughts are with you and the family.

Steve, Donna, Tyler and Nathan Swaffar

From The Abel family...

Jodi and family,
We were so sorry to about David.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Chris & Theresa Abel and family

From Jocelyn Sheets...

To the Cox families,
My heart goes out to you all. I remember the kind person David was as a youth. We were in 4-H and went to school together in Linwood. The entire Sheets family has you all in their thoughts and prayers.

From Frank R Male...

Dear Jodi and Family,

I am terribly sorry for your loss, and offer my sincerest condolences. Through the years I knew him in 4-H, David showed himself to be a fine man, kind and willing to help even the youngest, most overwhelmed kids.

May God accept him with open arms,


From Kelly (Allen) Bland...


I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. You and your entire family are in the thoughts and prayers of me and the Johnson family.


From Paul F. Bowen...

I had the pleasure of growing up with David. He and his family were always kind, loving, and respectful. David was a fine man and will be missed. The entire family has been in my thoughts and prayers.


From Jodi Kaus...

Mary ~

My heart hurts for you and your family and know you are in my thoughts and prayer for healing from this tragedy. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you during this difficult time. I’ll be there ~ Jodi

From Brett Fritzel family...

Jodi & family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you and your family for comfort & healing during this difficult time.

From Mike, Ralena & Mason McCurdy...

Dear Jodi, Mary, Jacob & Alex,

We are so very sorry for the loss of a great father, husband, & son. People like David don’t come around very often and we are proud to have known him. We are saying lots of prayers for you all.

The McCurdys

From Mike Gardner...

Jodi and family,

I was lucky enough to get to know David over the past years through various construction projects. He was not only a good business man but a great person over all. In our business it would be hard to find any tougher yet so honest and true to his words. He was a great person and will be missed by more people than you can imagine. Please accept mine and the rest of Grimm Construction’s condolences on your loss.

Mike Gardner

From Joyce Cantrell...

Dear Mary,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


From Cheryl Friday and family...

Jodi, Mary, Jacob, Alex and Jessica,
We were saddened to learn about David from friends at St. Paul and GBA. Please know that we are thinking of you and keeping all of you in our prayers. May God surround you wih His loving care and bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
With deepest sympathy,
Cheryl Friday and family

From Todd and Kristen...


Todd and I are praying for you and your family. May Christ strength, love and understanding be with you all. We are here for you friend!


From Desiree Marmon...

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I know how much love and respect you had for him and this must be very hard for you. I wish you the best and if you need anything don’t be afraid to contact me.

Desiree Marmon

From Stan and Deb Burnham...

Dear Cox Family – Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We were so fortunate to know Dave as a part of our church family and his absence will be greatly felt by all at St. Paul UCC. Please know that we are here for you – Stan and Deb

From cindy schaeuble...

We at Tractor Supply Company are so sory to here about David.He was a great person.We are very Blessed in knowing him.Our hearts go out to his loved ones

From Carder Family...

Dear Jodi, Jacob, Mary, Alex and Jessica,

I am so sorry for your loss. David was a great man, who loved each of you very much. Those who have gone before us, their memory and love remain in our hearts. May the love and friendship of others give you some comfort, during this difficult time. Hold on to each other and lean on God.
With deep sympathies,
Lanette and Family

From The Vaughn Family...

Jodi and Family,
We are so sad to hear of your loss and ours. David will be greatly missed. We are thinking and praying for you all as you grieve.
Nancy, Richard, Lauren & Garrett Vaughn

From James French...

I have only known Dave a few years,but by knowing him I am better for it! My heart and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time of mpurning. Dave was always cheerful and a pleasure to be around,and he will be missed by all. Happy trails to you my friend by your friend in ohio.

[WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

From Patty Moore...


I am so sorry darling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Please let me know if you need anything.


From Dale Carnagie family...

Jodi and family,
Our hearts are heavy for you all. Lifting your family up in prayers during this difficult time.

Dale, Susan, and Chelsea

From Holly...

Jodi and Family:

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

From Alice M. Amrein...

Jodi and family –

I had the pleasure of working with David over the last few years. I am struggling with this loss as no doubt you are.

This saying seems to say it all:

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Eskimo Proverb

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Messages are closed.