Jerry Don Cox

Born: Fri., Mar. 8, 1940
Died: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

Music by The Piano Brothers

 Jerry D. Cox

Mar. 8, 1940 - Jan. 3, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Jerry Don Cox, 77, of South Bend died at 1:03 a.m. Wednesday, January 3 in Brookdale Assisted Living. Jerry was born March 8, 1940 in Michigan City to the late Velma M. (Dee) and Clarence W. Cox and had lived in South Bend since 1957. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Jo Mitchell, Nancy Harvel, and William Cox. He is survived by his children, Linda Demers (Chris) of Reno, NV and Joe Cox (Catherine) of Tomball, TX; four grandchildren, Max and Ethan Demers, and Charlie and Ellie Cox; and a brother, Dan Cox (Judy) of Colorado Springs, CO.

Jerry was a 1958 graduate of South Bend Washington High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant while serving as an American advisor in Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star, U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal 2nd Class. After his discharge in 1969, he was employed at A & P Grocery for 22 years, Fapco, Inc. for 23 years, and Citigroup for two years as a manager.

He loved to watch sports, especially Notre Dame football and basketball, Indiana University basketball, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. He was thrilled to attend the 1988 Fiesta Bowl when Notre Dame won the national championship, and rejoiced when the Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016. He was a classic car enthusiast and owned a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe which he proudly restored to its original condition. Among his talents were playing the saxophone and clarinet as a member of the Swing Kings band and WHS marching band. He enjoyed travel with family including trips to California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. Committal services and burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Jerry's name may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 620 W. Edison Rd. #122, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or REAL Services, Inc., 1151 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the following organizations:

Heart to Heart Hospice,
620 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

REAL Services, Inc.
1151 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN 46601

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Direct website to florist ordering, saving on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Richard Measell
   Posted Sun January 07, 2018
Although Jerry lived close by, it was not until a few years ago that I really got to know him and we became friends. Initially I would talk with him as he passed by our home walking his beagle, Gipper, and seeing him occasionally at Meijer - on Saturdays of course. Once I retired, God put it on my heart to visit Jerry and I always enjoyed seeing him at his home and later at Brookdale. We talked much about sports or watched The Price is Right. I saw much goodness in him and already miss visiting him. During a recent visit as I took him back to his room after lunch, he wanted to stop at Stacy's office to give her a hug and it was great to see him both give and receive much love from her.

Eloise Carl and Kathy Woods
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Linda, Joe and the Cox families,
We are sorry for your unspeakable loss of Jerry.
He was a great person and a friend. God bless you in
the days ahead as he guides your footsteps!
Love and prayers,
Carl Woods and family