Robert B. Cox age 87 from Keosauqua, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Keosauqua Health Care Center.
Robert will be cremated and a memorial service and burial will be at a later date.
In-lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials can be mailed to Sharon Cox, PO Box 8, Keosauqua, IA 52565
Robert was born January 21, 1930 to Richard and Clara (Baker) Cox at Fairfield Hospital.
He married Jean Hartmen of Fairfield. To this marriage, they had 3 children, Deborah, Karen and Steven. Jean and Robert later divorced and he married Sharon Schlotter on March 13, 1976 and adopted son, Eric.
Robert graduated from Fairfield High School Class 1947. He attended University of Colorado for two years majoring in Institute of Organization Management, Iowa State University for 1 year majoring in Engineering and Business Management, General Motors Sales Institute ad Iowa Law Enforcement Academy studying Communication Management and Operator Instructor.
Robert served 4 years in the US Airforce from 1951 - 1954 as a Photographer, Script Writer, Electronics Technician & Public Information Officer.
Robert was partner of C & O Motors in Fairfield for 5 years. He was a member for Fairfield Elks Club & past Exalted Ruler. Robert became a manger of Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Fairfield Industrial Development Corp. He served for several years as Director of Jefferson County Civil Defense, developed and served as Chief of Jefferson County Police & Sheriff Reserves. Robert became very involved state wide in the development of High Band Radios for public safety and 911 emergency systems. He developed & managed 911 system in Pottawattamie & Council Bluffs, IA for 5 years. Developed a 911 system in Sioux Falls, SD and served as director in this capacity for 15 years before retirement. Robert received Outstanding Citizen Award form Iowa Chamber of Commerce and Certificate of Appreciation Pottawattamie County Fire Chiefs, Council Bluffs, Iowa Police & Sheriff Department from the City of Fairfield, IA and Minnehaha County Fire Chiefs.
In 2001 he moved to Roberts Park in Keosauqua, IA and developed Cedar Hills Antiques for before he completely retired.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Cox of Keosauqua, IA; four children, Deborah Wesely of Omaha, NE, Steven (Sara) Cox of Springfield, MO, Karen (Tim) Buchan of Omaha, NE and Eric (Deb) Cox of Fairmont, MN; 4 grandchildren, Jason (Renee) Wesely, Justin (Pam) Smith, Julie Wesely and Nick Buchan; 4 great grandchildren; one sister, Myrna (Jim) Holcomb; and mother -in-law, Marilyn Schlotter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Cox; father-in-law, Robert Schlotter.
On-line condolences can be made to the family at: behnerfh.com.
Published on March 16, 2017