Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Kenneth E. Cox

December 15, 1935 - December 3, 2019
Holland, MI



Monday, December 9, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Fellowship Reformed Church
2165 W. Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI 49424


Tuesday, December 10, 2019
11:00 AM EST
Fellowship Reformed Church
2165 W. Lakewood Blvd
Holland, MI 49424


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Western Theological Seminary - Rocks Bible Fund
101 East 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423

Life Story / Obituary


Kenneth graced the world possessing a great sense of humor, a compassionate heart for helping others, and an admirable spirit for business. Though even his wife would proclaim he was a little bit frugal, his generous wealth of love for others more than made up for his savings. He was a loving husband, a caring father, and a dear grandfather and friend to many. We will hold the memories we shared with Ken close to our hearts.

The year 1934 was a long one, as many events made their mark in future history books. Kenneth began his life in this year. The world braced itself as many influential leaders were creating conflicts pointing to another world war. Closer to home, the United States faced uncertainty. Americans found themselves stuck deep in The Great Depression, hoping that the future could only look brighter, as it could not get any darker. The need for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership was dire, for many of the country's citizens faced farming emergencies due to the high temps and drought conditions. All the while, the infamous bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde, found the end of their career after many pursuits, and Alcatraz opened its doors as a federal prison.

Finally, as the days in the year began to wind down, a new life joined the world in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On December 15, Kenneth and Evelyn Cox's son was born.

They named him Kenneth. He filled his childhood days with boyhood adventures. As a student, he attended Diamond Elementary School, followed by Central High School. After celebrating his high school graduation, Kenneth attended Ferris State University for a little over three years. Though he never formally earned a degree, he received the training he needed to become successful in his first chosen career with Volkswagon, eventually becoming a sales trainer for the car company.

When the country needed his service, he proudly did his duty and served in the United States Army during the Korean War, later becoming a member of the Port Orange Korean War group.

Amidst career and military moves in his life, there was a twinkle in his heart for romance. Marilyn (Rocks) had been a presence in Ken's life since he was a toddler because their parents were friends. One special evening, he asked if she would like to take a drive to Lake Michigan. Marilyn happily obliged, and that is all it took for Ken to realize she was the love of his life.

A year later, in 1961, the happy couple exchanged wedding vows and honeymooned in Canada and Maine. Upon returning, the newlyweds began to settle into a happy life together that lovingly endured 58 years.

In a seemingly natural transition, Ken started to work alongside his father-in-law at the family business - Rocks Ready Mix. He took on more responsibilities, and in time, he became the company president. Eventually, he transitioned the company into "Cox Leasing." Ken put his heart into his work and never fully retired from doing what he loved.

Because Ken and Marilyn spent a lot of time in the office, Kenneth made it a point to avoid any work talk outside of the work environment. If there was ever a need to discuss business, he was sure to make a date out of it. Once, however, the two could not help but address the guard dogs in the men's bathroom situation - which provided some good laughs after the fact. The guard dogs from the neighboring business got loose and took a visit to the Cox Leasing men's restroom.

When opportunities arose for a bite to eat, Ken loved a good steak. He also liked to frequent Holland's New Beechwood Inn, Russ's, and Boatwerks. Following these occasions, Marilyn would join him in watching "Jeopardy," "Wheel of Fortune," "American Pickers," or any BIG 10 televised sporting event for entertainment. Otherwise, the two might enjoy some country music while appreciating the company of one another.

Ken had a dedicated faith in the Lord. He was a longtime active member of the Fellowship Reformed Church in Holland, as well as, Westminister by the Sea Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. He also participated in Our Family of God Church in Newago.

Ken devoted much of his life to compassionately helping others. As an active Shriner, he was invited to become a Jester based on his exceptional service and good standing. Ken's volunteering efforts were an important part of his life.

Ken and Marilyn enjoyed a family consisting of Kenny, Gerald, and Roxanne. Their children provided many moments in life, which they cherished as parents. In time, the blessing of grandchildren became a precious reality as well; Marian, Mark, Matthew, Patrick, Christian all brought great joy to their grandparents. Doubly blessed, Ken and Marilyn also celebrated the gift of two great-grandchildren - Eliana and Zoe.

Throughout their lives together, Ken enjoyed many unique travel adventures with Marilyn. They once visited Italy, where Ken's son was stationed. They also traveled to Greece, Israel, and Jordan. Locally, Ken loved going to the house on Pickerel on Lake Michigan.

Sometimes just being at home brought more than enough contentment. Ken loved to work on restoring cars. Otherwise, he liked to bowl, play volleyball, and spend time boating out on the water. He also served as a member of the Park Township board.

After 85 years of a full and active life, Kenneth passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. We will miss Ken's presence in our lives, but we will never forget the memories we shared with him.

Ken is survived by his dear wife of 58 years, Marilyn Cox; son, Gerald (Cynthia) Cox of Holland; daughter, Roxanne Cox of Daytona Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Marian (Kyle) King, Mark Cox, Matthew Cox, Patrick Deal and Christian Oehmke; great-grandchildren, Eliana King and Zoe King.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kenny Cox.

The family will receive visitors Monday, December 9, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Fellowship Reformed Church, 2165 W. Lakewood Blvd, Holland. A funeral ceremony will be held Tuesday, December 10, at 11:00 am, at Fellowship Church. Reverend Jim Barr and U.S. Naval Chaplain Marian King presiding. The United States Army Honor Guard will bestow military honors. Interment in Lakewood Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Western Theological Seminary - Rocks Bible Fund, 101 East 13th Street, Holland, MI 49423.

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Professional services entrusted the Dykstra Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel.