Melvin G. Cox, 88, was born May 26, 1929, in rural Abilene, the son of Jessie G Cox and Arlene Swan Cox. He departed his life on Oct. 31, 2017, at Abilene Memorial Hospital.
He grew to manhood in the community of his birth and attended local schools and graduated from Abilene High School with the Class of 1947. On Sept. 6, 1953, he was united in marriage with Betty Ann Beemer at the New Basel United Church of Christ. They lived and farmed in the Rural Center Community. He was blessed with two sons, Steven and Monty.
He worked for the Reynolds Livestock Auction for 12 years and the Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Company for 16 years as a ring man. He also did some order cattle buying through the years. He loved people and making new friends. He also enjoyed auctioneering for events and family gatherings. It was not uncommon to hear him auctioneering in the fields as he worked the ground.
Due to a back injury he turned the farm operation over to his son Steve and he and Betty Ann relocated to rural Carthage, Mo. While there he enjoyed his cow/calf operation and antique business. He managed several antique booths in the mall in Carthage and enjoyed attending auctions and yard sales. He had a passion for restoring something old or broken into something useful.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann, of the home; one son, Steven and wife Laura; daughter-in-law Kelli Cox; granddaughter Bridgette Standridge and husband Brian; grandsons Brett and Marcus Cox; three brothers, Gorden (LaDonna) of Salina, Douglas (Virginia) of Manhattan and Roger (Roseanne) of Abilene; and other relatives, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Monty, and his parents, Jessie and Arlene Cox.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the First United Methodist Church of Abilene with Pastors John and Jenny Collins officiating. Family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Church. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
The family suggests memorials be given to the Abilene United Methodist Church or to the Doctor Rorabaugh Scholarship. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW Third St., Abilene, KS 67410.
Online condolences may be sent to www.martinbeckercarlson.com.