Donald Cox

Donald Frank Cox, 73, of Brookfield and formerly of Riverside, died November 10, 2015, at home surrounded by family.

Born June 7, 1942, he graduated in 1960 from Riverside-Brookfield High School before serving in the Marine Corps in San Diego and Washington, D.C., where he trained for embassy duty and served with an honor guard along President Kennedy’s funeral procession.

After marrying, Mr. Cox worked for the Pennsylvania Dutch Candy company making and selling fudge throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. In the mid-1960s he began a 15-year career as a printer with GT&E and in the 1970s started rehabbing homes throughout the western suburbs of Chicago.

In the 1980s he was the president and owner of two video arcades in Lyons, The Family Game Centers, and owned a shrimping trawler, the “Thomas Michael,” that worked the Gulf Coast out of Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

Mr. Cox retired with 30 years’ experience as a Realtor with the offices of Charles Rutenburg, Assist 2 Sell, American Homes, ReMax, LaBelle, Jaeky, Jenson and Rich Port. In his spare time he created his own company, DC Enterprizes, which sold light-up products at local fairs and festivals.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lois Cox (nee Walker); sons Jeffrey Cox and Michael Cox (David Green); grandchildren, Shane and Jenna Cox and their mother, Jill Cox. 

He was the uncle to Vickie Davis, Donald “Hotshot” (Francine) Davis, Pollette (Barry) Jarrell-Curry, and to Lynn and Jane Garnhart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Elizabeth Ann Cox (nee Raifsnyder) and his sister, Carol Lee (John) Jarrell. 

A celebration of life will be held at The First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave., on Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, P.O. Box 130, Hinsdale, Illinois 60522-0130 or on-line at

Inurnment will be privately held at Woodlawn Cemetery.