Charles Warren Cox

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Charles Warren Cox

Charles Warren Cox, 89, of Peoria passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 at Hawthorne Manor Court in Peoria. He was a longtime member of the First Federated Church in Peoria where funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. Pastor Forrest Krummel will officiate. Visitation was from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Entombment will be in Chapel of Peace Garden Mausoleum in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to ICC Foundation Charles and Mary Anna Cox Family Scholarship fund or his church.

Charles was born Sept. 9, 1921 to Joseph Pearl and Mollie Monson Cox in Eliza Township, Mercer County. He married Mary Anna “Ann” Hays on July 28, 1946 in Aledo at the Methodist Church. She survives. They celebrated 64 years of marriage this year.

He attended rural grade school and graduated from Muscatine High School, Muscatine, Iowa in 1939. After a brief stint farming with his father, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served three years. He spent most of the time as a Flight Engineer on B-24 heavy bombers. His squadrons flew in the European Theater and were cited may times for accuracy on bombing runs, and their crew was the lead plane on many flights.

He attended Western Illinois University. And graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture education. The couple moved to Brimfield in 1949 where he taught agriculture classes for 6 1/2 years. He was then employed by CILCO until his retirement after 31 years as senior vice president and a member of the board of directors for CILCO.  

Upon leaving his teaching position in Brimfield, he was elected to the School Board of Dist. 309. He was elected an Honorary State FFA farmer.

Charles was a 24-year member of the Heart of Illinois Fair Board of Directors, serving two years as president. He was a lifetime member (57 years) of the Elmwood Blue Lodge, the Peoria Consistory, the Peoria Mohammed Shrine; a former member of the Elks Club in Creve Coeur, Arrowhead Country Club, the Board of Directors for the Boys Club in Peoria, the ICC Foundation Board, the Union Church in Brimfield where he was a member on the board and chairman of the building commission for the new Fellowship Hall.

He is survived by his wife, two children — Ann L. (Chuck) Oliver of Pekin, and Joseph R. (Cyndi) Cox of Ballwin, Mo.; grandchildren, Cassandra Oliver, Lyndsey (Cory) Critchell, Ansley Cox, Jason Cox all of the St. Louis, Mo. area; one sister, Doris Kennedy of Milan; numerous nephews and nieces, great nieces and nephews, and several great-great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by one granddaughter, Brittany Jo, his parents, an infant sister, sisters, Helen Cox, Gladys Sohn, and Vera Powell and two brothers, Ralph and Fred Cox.