ROSEDALE — Robert James Cox, 92, of Rosedale, died at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Signature Healthcare of Terre Haute. He was a commercial airline passenger pilot with Braniff International Airways retiring with the rank of Captain with 32 years of service. He was born Dec. 3, 1920, in Rosedale, to the late Milton Cox and Edith Montgomery Cox.
Survivors include his wife, Maureen Smith Love Cox, whom he married Sept. 27, 1997 in Rosedale; two sons, Robert J. (Nickie) Cox II of Texas and Paul W. (Michelle) Cox of Texas; one daughter, Melissa (Wayne) Wolf of Texas; two stepsons, Michael Love of Westland, Mich., and Andrew (Rachelle) Love of Olympia, Wash.; one brother-in-law, Frank Cherry of Danville, Ill.; seven grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Milton, Joe and John Dale Cox; and two sisters, Sarah Kathryn Kelly and Mary Martha Cherry.
He was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and Technical College of Fort Wayne. He enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corps in December of 1942 and received his honorable discharge from the Army Air Force in June of 1948. During his military career he flew a P-38, P-47, P-51, B-17, B-24, B-29, C-47 and a C-45; he was certified by the FAA and flew commercially a B707, B720, B727, BA111, CV240, CV340, CV440, CW46, DC3, DC4, DC6, DC7 and ended his career with a 747. During his 32-year span, he logged in more than 32,000 hours and more than 9,600,000 miles. He was a member of the Rosedale United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Rosedale Masonic lodge 259, Scottish Rite Valley of Dallas, Braniff Silver Eagles, and a square dancer. After retirement, he enjoyed flying his Piper Cub.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, in Cottrell-Gooch Funeral Home, 287 N. Main St., in Rosedale, with the Rev. Myron James officiating and music by Alexis Love. Burial with military graveside honors by American Legion Tony Kashon post 290 will follow in Rosedale Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, in his memory. Friends may sign an online guest register at: