Thomas Cox - December 13, 2013

Thomas Cox, age 82, of Aurora, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Hamilton Manor.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aurora. Pastor Sheryl Kester Beyer will officiate. No Visitation. Memorials may be made in care of family. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at
Thomas Disher Cox, the son of Jerome Lee and Dorothy Harriet (Disher) Cox, was born in Burchard on Nov. 11, 1931.
He was raised in Burchard and graduated from Burchard High School in 1949. In April of 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and was then sent overseas to Germany. He was stationed at Mannheim, Germany, where he worked in a division personnel office. While in Germany he was able to visit Paris, France, and one of the high spots of his tour was visiting Garmarsh, Germany. He went to the top of the mountain Zugpitsch. From the top of the mountain he was able to view the snow-covered Alps. He returned to the U.S. in April of 1954, where he was discharged at Fort Sheridan, Ill.
Tom was united in marriage to Sandra Buckley on Aug. 25, 1956, at Hastings. The newlyweds moved to Omaha, where Tom worked for ConAgra. During his career with ConAgra the family moved from Omaha after eight years and went on to live in Michigan, Kansas City and Tampa, Fla. Tom retired in 1997. He worked for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department for 6 ½ years until retiring again in 2006. In June of 2007, they moved to Aurora to be closer to family. Sandra passed away on Aug. 17, 2013.
Tom was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He was an adult member of the Boys Scouts of America for 45 years, serving in many positions. He enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and sister, Mary Utermohlen.
Those left to cherish his memory are his four children, Kari Eppert of Central City, Amy (Dennis) Placzek of Kearney, Tom (Barb) Cox of Aurora and Tami (Harold) Hastings of Dover, Fla.; and eight grandchildren, Trevor (Jill) Eppert, Kirby Eppert, Chase (Heather) Placzek, Lydia Placzek, Kassi and Brandon Hastings and Elizabeth and Trey Cox. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Cox of California and George (Leona) Cox of Gothenburg; three brothers-in-law, Bob Utermohlen of Mankato, Minnesota, Tim Buckley of Anchorage, Alaska, and David Buckley of Lincoln; a sister-in-law, Paula (Jeff) Leach of Chicago, Ill., and many nieces and nephews.

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