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Burton Dale Cox

November 18th, 1930 - October 11th, 2013

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A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, October 21, 2013 at the North McDonald Cemetery, Madison County.
A gathering with family will be held on Monday at Ochiltree Funeral Service from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prior to the graveside service.
Burton Dale Cox was born on November 18, 1930, in Winterset, Iowa to Sylvanus and Susan Cox. He passed away on October 11, 2013. In between those dates, he lived fully and well, and impacted so very many people.
Burton was named after the retired doctor who delivered him, Dr. Burton D. Little. His mother worked at the Northside Café, and his father worked at a tire store in Winterset. They lived in Winterset until Burton was about six years old, when the family moved to Des Moines. Susan Cox worked for the Rock Island Railroad company in charge of their restaurants. Burton would wash dishes and sold candy bars for 5 cents each to the troops that passed through on the trains.
The Affolter family befriended Sy, and eventually rented a room to him when he was stricken with Guillain-Barré syndrome. Helping to take care of his dad was Burton’s first experience with “doctoring”. Burton attended public schools, but after some “disciplinary issues”, Burton voluntarily withdrew from school. He enrolled at the local Norman Wiles School, a Seventh-day Adventist elementary school. Through the tough love of his teachers, Burton’s life was changed. Richard Affolter was several years older than Burton, and one of Burt’s idols. Although at first, Richard wasn’t particularly pleased with having this young tag-a-long, it was the beginning of a very close friendship that lasted for the rest of their lives. Richard and his wife, Bette Hircock Affolter, were lifelong friends with Burton.
Burton attended Oak Park Academy, in Nevada, Iowa, graduating in 1949. He worked in the dairy and broom shop to help pay his way through school. For two of those years he delivered milk for the dairy, making his (very) early rounds delivering milk to local customers.
After graduating, Burton briefly worked as a colporteur in Northern Iowa. He married LaVonne Thomas in 1950. Burton leased land near Nevada and took up farming. In 1951, a daughter, Katherine Susan Cox, joined the family, followed by her brother Burton Dale Cox, Jr. in 1956. In 1982, Burton married Clara Belle Miller Brown.
After further studies at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, Burton completed his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City. Dr. Cox practiced in Chilicothe, Missouri, and later in Downs and Osborne, Kansas, where he also was a wheat farmer. This was followed by seven years of practice as a locum tenens physician in several Midwest states. Finally, Dr. Cox practiced in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, retiring in July of 2011.
He and his wife, Clara enjoyed traveling the USA in their motor home, and visiting family and friends. He took particular delight in his six grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Clara Brown Cox, his son, Dr. Burton D. Cox, Jr., Fennimore, Wisconsin, and his step-children, DelJean Brown Benton, Springfield, Oregon, and Douglas Brown, Walla Walla, Washington, and six grandchildren.

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Name Burton Dale Cox
Date of Birth November 18th, 1930
Date of Death October 11th, 2013
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Location 1823 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset IA 50273
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Mary Wit published condolence .

clara Lannie & I just learned of Burton's passing. I hope you are doing well. We hold a special spot in our hearts for you. Don't have your address. Sorry So I hope you get this note and have a minute to email me. Love to you.

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Deborah (Musser) Schultz published condolence .

Clara, I am so sorry to hear of Burton's Passing! I just learned of this last week! Please know I love you both and hope I can get in touch with you soon. I'm going to be in Poplar Bluff around December 10th. I am praying for you my friend! God is an awesome God and I know Dr Cox is kneeling before him! Sending my love, Deborah (Musser) Schultz

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Marlene Vondrak published condolence .

I only met Burton once, when he came to Iowa with my Aunt Marjie and Uncle Charles. my kids and I will never forget the huge RV pulling into our lane on the farm. I enjoyed visiting with him, he was a great guy! My sympathy to his beloved wife, Clara Marlene Vomdrak, Sioux City, Iowa

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Donald R Johnson published condolence .

I really appreciated knowing both Burton & his brother Donny Cox, first at Norman Willes Elementry School, then at OPA, Union College, as well being in the same graduating class at the Ostiopathic College in Kansas City- where we were also neighbors in Raytown, Mo. I haven't seen him for some time but he was a dear friend & we will miss him!

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Bob And Sandra Davis published condolence .

thinking of you clara & family. tried to call but missed you. burton will be missed very much by all of us!!

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Oak Park Academy Alumni published condolence .

Oak Park Academy Alumni would like to let you know we will keep you in our thoughts & prayers during this time. Burton was a big part of the alumni & the 1949 class. He was such a wonderful person & will be missed.

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Evelyn Ridler Peterson published condolence .

We were saddened to hear of Burton's passing. He was such a good man. I remember him and his family way back in Nevada when I was in 7th grade. It was always good to see him at alumni get togethers and in recent years when they came to visit friends here in Florida. May God give you comfort, Clara, and your family. also.

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Bill And Mavis Sager published condolence .

A precious, dear friend that we plan to meet in Heaven!

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Rose Chaney Shultz published condolence .

We were so sorry to hear of Burton's passing. We will miss seeing him at Oak Park Academy alumni weekends. Glad we got to visit with both Burton and Clara a year ago while we were in Florida at the gospel concerts. Prayers are with you Family.

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Lindy Jo Quam (Markeson) published condolence .

Burton was one of the nicest men I have ever known. I have had the pleasure of knowing him all of my life since he was friends with my dad, Donald Quam. My thoughts are with Clara & Burton Jr, DelJean, Douglas & families. I will always hold a very special place in my heart for Burton & will miss him.

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