John Foster Cox, 86, of Lincoln, formerly of North Platte, passed away in Beatrice on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. John was born on July 24, 1927 in Sutherland to Russell and Fredonia “Chattie” (Foster) Cox.
He grew up on the family farm north of Sutherland and graduated from Sutherland High School. He attended University of Nebraska at Lincoln for one year before entering the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
When he returned from the navy he finished college with a degree in electrical engineering and then moved to North Platte where he began his 40 year career at Municipal Light and Water as an electrical engineer and manager.
He married Patricia Cullen on May 19, 1953 at St. Patrick''s Catholic Church. He was a strong supporter of the North Platte Catholic Schools and St. Patrick''s Catholic Church.
He was an avid pilot and was generous with his time and talent, contributing countless hours to Habitat For Humanity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He set a wonderful example for his children, guiding and encouraging them to become strong, independent adults. He will be remembered as a loving husband, dad and grandpa.
John is survived by his children, Virginia “Ginny” (Greg) Donovan of Lincoln, John C. (Lori) Cox of DeWitt, Neb., Barbara (Carlos) Guerrero of Tucson, Ariz., and Teresa (Don) Raven of Lincoln; grandchildren, John Guerrero of Los Angeles, Calif., Sarah Guerrero of Tucson, Jayme Cox of DeWitt, Scott Donovan and Sam Donovan, both of Lincoln; siblings, Charlotte Bubsey of Simsbury, Conn., Fred (Edie) Cox of Raleigh, N.C.; sister-in-law, Peggy Cullen of Lincoln; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends, and his beloved pets, Pebbles, Sofie and Soccer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Patricia his wife of 53 years; and brother-in-law Frank Bubsey.
Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic Schools, North Platte Habitat For Humanity, Lake Street Senior Center of Lincoln, The Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter 569 of Lincoln or the Madonna Foundation of Lincoln.
Christian Wake Services were at 7 p.m. March 23, 2014 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. March 24 at St. Patrick''s Catholic Church with Rev. James Golka as celebrant. Burial followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.