Elmer Lee "Corky" Cox

Silver City, New Mexico

Elmer Lee "Corky" Cox. 69, passed away Wednesday September 12, 1997 in the Horizon Southwest Nursing Home in Silver City.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday one hour before the funeral service. Funeral services will he conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bright Funeral Home with Chaplain David Strain officiating.

Mr. Cox will then be transferred to Rest haven Funeral Home in Wichita, Kan., for funeral services Tuesday. Interment will be in the Maize Cemetery in Maize, Kan., with military honors.

Mr. Cox was born Aug. 16, 1928, in Pratt, Kan. He was the son of Bernard Cox and Cora Lee Pinkston Cox. Mr. Cox is survived by one daughter, Barbara Ann Allen, and her husband, Mike, of Clifton, Ariz., and one sister, Mary Helen Cox of Wichita; two grandchildren, one grandson, Jason Wheat of San Antonio, Texas, and one granddaughter, Lisa Best of Morenci, Ariz.; and two great-grandchildren, Melissa Ann Wheat of San Antonio and Aubrey Ann Best of Morenci. He is also survived by all his buddies of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3347.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers. Robert Gene Cox and Floyd Dean Cox.

Mr. Cox served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War from 1945 until 1951. He served aboard the USS Skagit.

Mr. Cox received the Purple Heart, seven campaign ribbons and seven battle stars during combined World War II and Korean War service. He was discharged as a Chief Petty Officer in 1951.

He worked at Cessna Aircraft from 1952-60, then he went to work for Lockheed Aircraft in California from 1960-68. He then worked for the Ontario California School District as a security guard and bus driver until 1982, at which time he moved to Grant County NM.

Mr. Cox was a charter life member of VFW Post 3347 in Arenas Valley. He devoted much of his time and contributed financially to the post.