Stanley Cox

March 22, 1953October 14, 2018

We invite you to join us in celebrating the legacy of our husband, father, brother, cousin, friend and our beloved "Uncle Stan."

Stan grew up as the second youngest of 6 siblings and defeated the odds from an early age. He stood out in his early years from his height and grit to win. Stan grew up in North Toledo, later moving to a farm on Alexis Road in Sylvania, breaking horses and earning his keep. Losing his mother at the age of 14, he fought against the odds and pushed himself to success in Sylvania schools while winning the the heart of his future wife in 8th grade.

Never given a middle name, he certainly earned one for himself on the basketball court. Stan set records at Sylvania and was later inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Using his talents to support his family, he earned a scholarship to play basketball for Tennessee Tech. He traveled South with his young wife, Jenise and shortly thereafter, welcomed their son, "Stanley" Christopher. After cementing a solid position on the team during his freshman year, his commitment grew to completing school and providing a solid foundation for his family. He completed his degree at Tennessee Tech after three years and welcomed his second child, Jacob Nathaniel, before returning to the Toledo area.

Stan used his college degree as a stepping stone to support his family and impact many people’s lives. Stan coached basketball and supervised the OWA program in Maumee, where he began to give back to young people by helping them into their path in the workforce. He jumped at the opportunity to pursue his career and moved his family, along with daughter, Sarah Abigail, to Bryan, where he became the Assistant Principal of the High School. This move allowed him to work with many students and staff members. He blossomed in the role and moved through many positions over the years as Principal and eventually the Supervisor of Support Services - which he referred to as "beans, busses and buildings." He was so proud of his job and being able to connect with the infrastructure that supported the Bryan City Schools. He has later received letters from students who thanked him for chasing him down the hall and ultimately setting them straight on their path in life. Numerous teachers and administrators thanked him for seeing their potential and hiring them to start their careers. Stan saw potential in others and told them - convincing them to believe in themselves.

Stan touched many people, even more so at the end of his life, as God touched Stan. He was a living, breathing testimony of the strength and grace of Jesus. At UTMC and the Rehab Hospital of NWO - Stan was like the "mayor." After his stroke, he learned to walk and use his body again, ultimately moonwalking out of rehab under a shower of confetti and tears. At each treatment visit, everyone stopped and greeted him and his booming voice singing Johnny Cash songs is still echoing in the halls and hearts of staff.

Nothing was more important to Stan than his family. His love for his children, their spouses and his eight grandchildren are evident in the joy of his face in pictures. We know he wanted to encourage them too and did his best to attend school and athletic events for as long as he was able. His presence is and will always be felt at Little Long Lake where he spent the last week of his life in his new home. His family will continue to reside there on their lake properties, where he was the groundskeeper and COO after his retirement from the schools.

At Zion Missionary Church in Fremont, Stan truly demonstrated God's strength and faith. He shared his personal testimony which impacted his friends and the congregation, and encouraged others from the lake into regular attendance. Stan's catch phrase in his final chapters will forever encourage all of us — "GIG." God is Good. And he will never be forgotten, "For Sure."

A part of Stan will always be with us — his wife of 48 years, Jenise (Jacoby) Cox, loving children and grandchildren; Chris and Karyn (Lilly) Cox with Ethan, Evan and Lilly. Jake and Jill (Sanderson) Cox with Gabriella, Camilla and Caroline. Joel and Sarah (Cox) Helbig with Grant and Samuel. Stan's siblings; Jim, Jerry, Linda, Christine and Raymond.

Stan was welcomed in heaven with open arms by Jesus, his Mother (Grace) and Father (Earthel Cox). His mother who was ultimately his caretaker, was his mother-in-law, Margaret Jacoby who is surely preparing him a heavenly feast, alongside his father-in-law, Mark.

A visitation will be held at the Bryan Arts and Education Center Auditorium, 325 W. High St., Bryan, OH, on Thursday October the18th from 4 pm until 8 pm, with a memorial service from 8 pm until 9 pm. Visitation at Stan's home church, Zion Missionary, 205 N. Ray Road, in Fremont, IN, will be held on Saturday the 20th from 11 am until 1 pm with a funeral service to begin at 1 pm, followed by laying his earthly body to rest in the Covenanter Cemetery near Clear Lake.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to Cameron Hospice, 416 E. Maumee Street, Angola, Indiana 46703 or to the Grace Cox and Betty Lou Moose Scholarship Fund, payable to the Henry County Foundation.


  • In lieu of flowers Memorials donations Cameron Hospice,
  • Grace Cox & Betty Lou Moose Scholarship fund


  • Visitation Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 20, 2018

Stanley Cox

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Tammy Smith

October 20, 2018

Stan today your Family & Friends are finding it hard to say , "See you in Heaven,Stan." Your were & will remain an inspiration to others.A legacly of love for God & your family. As well as zest for life& determination. Yes Stan for your family ,friends& the many other lives you touched your legacy God is Good is so true will live on. I was trying to imagine you in Heaven. Oh the joy the first time you get to see his face. Christs face and you will walk beside him as he reunites you with loved ones.
To all of his family & friends I am so sorry for your loss of this beloved man. Thought and prayers.

Keith and Kim Weiss

October 19, 2018

Our condolences to the Cox family. We feel blessed that we have gotten to know Stan and his family at Little Long Lake over these past couple of years. Stan managed to stop by every weekend to visit and share Lake stories with us. We are fortunate to have such great Lake neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Weiss Family

Joyce Stephan(Rochte)

October 17, 2018

Jenise and family.
I wish to send my condolences to you and your family. I met Stan when we were in the same 6th grade class at the old Hillview Elementary School. I graduated in 1971 from what was then Sylvania High School. I can remember him as always being very friendly person . He was always smiling...

Edwin Herroon

October 17, 2018

I remember Stan as a no nonsense principal. When I would substitute for the High School he would call at 6:30 with a partial sentence and a description of the job to be done. I would answer OK. He was very good to me . I will miss him.

Jim weber

October 17, 2018

I have been in radio and TV since 1969 and still broadcast for the Mud Hens (44 yrs) to this day. My first radio job was at WGLN 105.5 Sylvania, which it was called back then. Former Sylvania councilman, Clark Collins, and I broadcast Sylvania Football and Basketball starting in 1969, for several years. I remember how dominant Stan was on the court and how good the team was during his playing days. We would chat with him at times after some of those games and he was always cordial and willing to chat. I saw the obit in the Toledo Blade and felt I should mention my memories of him from that long ago. We are very sorry for the family's loss. R.I.P. Stan

Nancy McCann

October 17, 2018

I was sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I was a '72 graduate from Sylvania High School, a year behind Stan. I recall cheering Stan on the basketball court as he certainly made the Wildcats proud.

Tom Held

October 16, 2018

First off and foremost, Stan gave me the opportunity to teach and coach at Bryan twice. After student teaching there in the fall of 84, Stan hired me as a long term sub for a year. 3 years later he hired me again at Bryan which were 8 great years. He was a great mentor to me and many more. I can't thank him enough for those opportunities.

What I remember best though, was Wednesday nights when he would call a party and we usually ended up at Kuhndog and Moons house. Great times! He was a great man to work for.

Terri Morr

October 16, 2018

Stan hired me in '89. Like a father, he would check on me and ask, "How are you doing, kiddo?" He really looked out for me, and I've missed him ever since he retired. What a good man.

Eric McCarty

October 16, 2018

He was our "Inspector General" on the construction project at Little Long Lake and we will miss his daily visits to make sure we were doing things right! Also remember playing b-ball against him and having to guard him. What a BEAST. Will always remember.

Claudia Miller

October 16, 2018

I have so many fond memories of Stan. As a teacher, he always had our backs. As an English teacher, he often with a smile on his face and twinkle in his eye, would ask me to make sure something he had written was grammatically correct. His wit and sense of humor were contagious. He and Janice raised three wonderful children. God’s blessing to all his family.