Robert Edward Cox

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  • Name: Robert Edward Cox
  • Location of Birth: Massachusetts
  • Date of Birth: October 20, 1929
  • Date of Death: December 9, 1970 (41 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: GMCS (Gunner's Mate (Missiles) Senior Chief Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    February, 1948 1967
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  • Military Highlights:
    Robert entered the United States Navy in February, 1948 and served for twenty years, retiring in 1967.

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    Korean Conflict
    Vietnam Era

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  • Civilian Life:
    Robert was born and raised in Massachusetts. He came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1967 and accepted employment with the Blandin Paper Company.

    He was a member of the Itasca Council of the Knights of Columbus, serving as recording secretary. He was also a scoutmaster for St. Joseph's Troop #42 and was affiliated with the McVeigh-Dunn Post of the American Legion, all in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Bob had reorganized the boy scout troop in 1968 and had also been a scoutmaster in Orland, Maine before coming here.

    Robert and Mary Louis Furlong were married on October 4, 1952 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marble, Minnesota.

    Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Louise; three daughters, Julie, Mary Margaret and Monica; a son, Stephen; a sister, Mrs. Sam Parks; a brother, Donald; and his stepfather, Oscar O. Smith.

    Robert died unexpectedly at his home while pushing a snowblower and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-C-33-0-9)

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