Jerold Loyd Cox, Sr., 98, of Marissa, IL, born January 15, 1924, in Sorento, IL, passed away on Saturday October 22, 2022, at the Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL. Mr. Cox was a retired welder and heavy equipment operator for Peabody Coal Company. He honorably served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corp during World War 2, serving at Bougainville and Guadalcanal in the Soloman Islands in the South Pacific. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Knights of Columbus in Sparta, IL and a life member of the USMC 1st Division Association. He had also been a previous member of the Belleville, IL Lewis & Clark Chapter of the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution.
Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his parents, brother, aunts, cousins and a granddaughter.
Jerold is survived by his wife, the former Gloria M. Frantz, whom he married on August 26, 1944, in Centerville Station, IL, his children – Jerold L. (Sandra) Cox, Jr. of New Athens, IL, Tracy W. (Deniece) Cox, of Sparta, IL, Kevin L. (Tarjius) Cox of Steeleville, IL, Eric (Diane) Cox of Hamburg, PA, Gloria (Charles) Bierman of Belleville, IL, Sue A (D.J.) Wilson of Woodlawn, IL, Sheryl C. Smith of Las Vegas, NV and Miriam L. (Antony) Peradotto of Olympia, WA, sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.
Memorials in Jerold’s honor may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington St. Alexandria, VA 22314 or at www.mcsf.org.
In keeping with Mr. Cox’ wishes, cremation is to take place with no formal visitation or services at this time.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.