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Wilbar "Bud" Nelson Cox

Issue Date: May 29, 2019

Wilbar "Bud" Nelson Cox was born to Moses and Mary Cox on Nov. 28, 1927 in Lakewood, Wisc. He attended Otter Lake and Padus Grade School. His dad was his favorite teacher in first and second grade. He graduated from Wabeno High School in 1945 as salutatorian (just before the end of WWII). When he turned 18, he enlisted in the US Army. He served in the army of occupation in Germany as a radio operator and messenger in the 3rd Army.

When he returned, he enrolled at Marquette University, thinking he would like to become a doctor. He married the love of his life Clarice McDowell in January of 1948 and continued his education at Stevens Point with the goal of becoming a teacher.  His bachelor's degree prepared him for his work as a high school teacher. He taught at Medford WI for 2 years and for 3 years at Peshtigo. He and his family moved to Crivitz in 1956, where he taught science and math for 33 years. In the early years, he coached football, basketball, and baseball.

Bud loved nature. He taught conversation, was  a naturalist, fan of the model A ford, deer hunter and lifetime teachers union member.  He was more than the sum of his parts.  He planted thousands of trees for the US Forest Service in his summers during his college years. He participated in the Trees for Tomorrow Program. He was a gifted writer and observer of life. He enjoyed poetry and was a wordsmith. His sense of humor and gratitude stayed with him for all of his days.

He enlisted in the Army National Guard while living in Pestigo and was part of Company A of the 32nd Division which was called to active duty in 1961. They were stationed in Ft. Lewis for 10 months.  He retired as a major, working as an intelligence officer for the 32nd Brigade. His army experience provided many interesting stories for his students.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Clarice; his parents, siblings Wilmar, Ledora, and William, and son-in-law Lee Kulick. Surviving him are his children Brent (Pat Burlew) Cox, Bonny Kulick, Bev Cox, David (Cathy Jo Aspenson) Cox, Michael (JudyRetzlaff) Cox, and Scott (Meri Larson) Cox.

Grandchildren, Yarrow ( Michelle) Babb, Christopher ( Maya) Kulick, Beth Kulick/ Gireesh Sonnad, Angela (Floyd) Worth, Wesley Cox, Cassius Cox, Dakota (Eric) Rey, Heidi (Willis) Jensen, Lillie Cox, Claire Cox. Great grandchildren, Kendall, Caroline, Emma, Kate, Ben, Evie, Margot, Kailash, Kala, Leona. Sister in law Ruth McDowel and many nieces and nephews.  He was a terrific husband, dad, and grandfather. His adventures as a child with his brother Wilmar were among his fondest memories.

The Cox family is grateful for the many caregivers whose loving care allowed him to stay in his own home for the past 11 years.

Memorial donations may be given to Alzheimer's Association act.alz.org or to the family for a scholarship in Bud's name for a Crivitz High School student who is pursuing a degree in education.

Visitation was at Faith Presbyterian Church in Crivitz from 9:00-11:00 on Saturday, May 25 with a celebration of life service at 11:00.


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