James “Jim” L. Cox, 75, of Cedar Rapids, Neb., passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Bryan Medical Center East in Lincoln, Neb.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 12, 2019, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Neb., with Rev. Vern Olson officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Neb., with military honors conducted by the Army National Guard, Dan Cox American Legion Post #44, of Cedar Rapids, Neb., and American Legion Riders. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday at the church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Dan Cox American Legion Post #44 and the Cedar Rapids Fire and Rescue Unit.
Levander Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids, Neb., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.levanderfuneralhome.com.
Jim was born November 29, 1943 in Cedar Rapids, Neb., to Marjorie (Robinson) and Maurice Cox and baptized April 16, 1950, at the United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids. Jim graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1961. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln after high school and had several jobs in between. Jim felt the calling to serve his country and joined the Army National Guard in 1965. After joining the National Guard, Jim served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969. Following his service for his country, Jim returned to finish his education at University of Nebraska at Lincoln and graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1971.
Jim married his wife, Susan Bethscheider, on July 27, 1972. They built many memories together for the next 47 years. Together they had two children, Carroll and Kelly. Jim wore many hats and dabbled in everything from horse trading to banking. In 1972, he began working at the Cedar Rapids State Bank and served as the vice president in 1983. Jim was co-owner of the Cedar Rapids Insurance Agency for many years. He was the 5th generation to farm the Cox family farm, as well. In 2003 he and his wife Sue bought the New Frontier in Belgrade, Neb., where he had the perfect audience for his stories, especially the famous Chucky story that everyone loved to hear over and over again. Jim was known to write out his best business deals on a napkin and complete his daily Omaha World Herald crossword puzzles in pen. The highlight of each year for Jim was to attend his son’s cattle branding in Rushville with his longtime friends, Buford and Olie.
Jim was always giving of his time and served on many organizations throughout the years. He served on the Cedar Rapids Town Board, Cedar Rapids and Belgrade Fire Department, was also an EMT, and coached Legion Baseball. He was an officer of the Cedar Rapids Alumni, Cedar Rapids Community Club and helped with the Sunset Cemetery Board. Jim participated in Post #44 American Legion as a commander and was also the American Legion Boone County commander along as serving on the Boone County Fair Board for many years. Jim was a Mason member of the Scottish Rite and the Sesostris Shrine Temple of Lincoln and a Nebraska Diplomat. His most recent commitment was serving on the Nance County Tourism Committee.
Jim will forever be remembered as the local historian, for his humor, hospitality, along with his dissertations which always had a lesson to be learned. His words of wisdom will forever be repeated by the ones who loved and respected him… “Be a giver, not a taker and don’t let your emotions run away with your good judgement.”
He is survived by his wife Sue; children: Carroll (Hallie) Cox of Rushville, Neb., and Kelly (Cody) Simmons of Alma, Neb.; along with his three grandchildren; Christopher, Maddison, and Kathryn; and his brother; Larry (Jean) Cox of Henderson, Neb.; along with many other relatives and friends.
Jim is proceeded in death by his parents and infant sister: Sharon.