Bill Cox

November 5, 1922March 2, 2019
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William (Bill) M. Cox 96, passed away quietly March 2, 2019 at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, FL.

Bill is proceeded in death by his loving wife of 69 years Ovelene, his son, Bruce William Cox and grandson, Zack Morgan. He is survived by Belinda Rowe of Boston, MA, Jenny (Tom) Brown of Shelby, Ohio and Trish Finney of Cocoa, FL, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Johnny Venice of Cocoa FL was like a second son to Bill. He leaves behind many other loved ones who were very dear to him.

Bill served in the Army Air Corp in World War II maintaining communications and electronics for planes destined for Europe. After the war he married the love of his life, Ovelene. In 1958 he joined NASA at Cape Canaveral as one of the original NASA employees holding badge #000005. He was an accomplished inventor for NASA and received several awards while there. Bill and Ovelene were actively involved in their church with Bill serving as deacon for several years. Bill was also active in Toastmasters and coached little league.

Bill's hobbies included repairing anything electronic--televisions, radios, DVDs, etc. He was also fanatic about recycling and believed everything could be re-used. When he left NASA, TODAY Newspaper did an article about Bill entitled "Mr. Fix-It". His curiosity and thirst for knowledge drove his useful as well as quirky inventions. He was a great Scrabble partner and the best teller of clean jokes ever. He always had a "tidbit" for anyone he met, leaving them in laughter. His joy of life and his faith in God made him a man to be honored and admired.

Visitation to be held Friday, March 8, 2019 at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, Merritt Island at 1pm with service to follow.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in remembrance of Bill to your favorite veterans organization.


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2019

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Bobbi Gardino Nagle

March 14, 2019

Mr.Bill was one of my surrogate dads. I grew up next door to this wonderful family where me laughed, cried and loved as a family.
Growing up Mr. Bill was always ready with loving advice that always came with and antidote or a joke - He was the master of the funniest, clean jokes,
I saw him last the week before bed last. He was sleeping in the hospital and not wanting to wake him I stood at the door and watched him sleep. The nurse came up to me and asked "Are you one of his daughters?" She knew. I wasn't but said. " He has had a lot of "children" visited him." I told her the whole neighbor was family so there were 40+ children. She smiled and said it must have been a great neighborhood to grow up in. I smiled and tears came to my eyes I remembered Mr. Bill's love for all of us.
One of my biggest regrets is my grandsons did nor get to know this wonderful man and his wisdom, love and corny humor.

Mr. Bill hug Mrs. C and all the others for me. Tell Mom and Dad I love and miss them and have a party.

Barbara Kilgore

March 13, 2019

I loved him. He was like an uncle to me. He encouraged my love of music. He taught me how to blow into the trumpet in order to play it. I taught myself the trumpet, guitar etc. We loved to banter back and forth with jokes. We discussed the writing of the books of the bible. He was an awesome man and friend.

Phyllis Rogers

March 12, 2019

When i was first hired with Brevard County fire rescue, i stayed with mom and dad for 4 wks, i think, such a long time ago! I had already met them thru you trish. They were so warm and welcoming i was blown away!!! Thank you Bill and ovalene for letting me be part of your family for all these years!! Been over 30 years now, and i will miss you greatly!! You are both hand and hand now in heaven and so happy to be together again! Keep an eye on us mom and dad, and keep us all out of trouble and safe!! Laurel you hang in there, you hv been part of the family for 20 something yrs yourself, and nothing can change that!!! Bruce will watch over you, he is soarly missed! Prayers and lov to Trish and your family!! We all love you and you will ALWAYS BE A LARGE PART OF MY FAMILY!! DAD, MOM, Soar to the highest points of the world.......lov you trish!!! 💕💖
Oh one last thought, RUCUNextThursday


March 9, 2019

Mr C was my #2 dad in the neighborhood.

My fondest memory I have of Mr. C was when I was in high school and I needed to do a book report all I had to do was run next door to his bookcase of National Geographics. I think he had every National Geographic from the time they started first printing. He would ask what it was about and find the one I needed.
I last saw him on Feb 24th at the hospital. Trish and I were talking next to his bed when he opened his eyes. He realized it was me and started tell me a joke about a little boy learning to count. I was laughing so hard I almost wet my pants.
He will be sorely missed but he is now up on a cloud with Mrs C, Bruce, Momma n Daddy, Mr Kilgore and all the other surrogate moms and dads from the neighborhood who have past. I am sure some one is talking about a block party.

Renee Hill

March 7, 2019

I want to thank Belinda and Jenny for sharing their mom and dad with me. It was a great pleasure to taking care of them both and in doing so I found myself adopting them as my mom and dad. I ❤️ them both very much. I will miss your dad’s laughter and jokes everyday. I will miss working outback in the shop with him, and all of his life stories ,dad playing his banjo , us teasing each other asking dad what do you want for breakfast he would say a bunnet aka English muffin lol. I’m going to miss our torture treatment day aka bath and lotion rub down which he would try to purr like a cat lol. I will miss everything

Michael Mueller

March 5, 2019

Uncle Bill and Aunt Oveline were always a joy to visit. They were generous and funny and always made me feel at home. Of course, playing with the cousins was a highlight, but Bill always had a way of making me feel special, whether it was a game of chess, showing me his stash of electronics (classified with his original Apple Macintosh) or sharing one of his jokes. He was truly one of the "greatest" in the greatest generation. I am glad he is at home with his Lord and loved ones. Blessings and hugs to all!

Belinda Rowe

March 5, 2019

My Dad was the kindest, funniest man of faith I’ve ever known. He truly lived like a man of God, never having a bad word to say about anyone. He was gentle and loving to all he met. In my life with him I’ve heard stories of how he took care of people who were hurting after losing a loved one, stories of his ability to always leave people laughing and how he used his curiosity to invent things that enabled the US to go to the moon and beyond. He gently cared for his loving wife of 69 years as her health was failing, sleeping in a chair next to her hospital bed at home for a year and a half. He was generous and gentle, loving and funny.

We have lost our patriarch, the man that made this family what it is, that is leaving a legacy of kindness, humor and hard work. My children and grandchildren adored and respected him. His loss is painful but he lived such a full life and is at peace now.

I recall when he first found out he could go on the Space Coast Honor Flight and how excited he was to be connected with veterans again and making that fun trip to DC. I was honored to join him on that trip and two of my siblings, Bruce and Jenny were able to surprise him by coming too. He was so happy he had tears in his eyes. He was joyful, radiant and content, we followed him around that day as he was escorted by his wonderful Guardian Tracy. He was so happy.

Since moving away last fall I spoke with Dad daily, he was always interested in my day, curious about my job and my life. I looked forward to those calls and he did too. He shared daily laughs with his caregiver Renee too, she was with he and and Mom for 10 years. Renee was an important part of his and our lives as she watched out for his health and daily needs. I am forever grateful for her kindness to him.

I will miss him every moment of every day, my Dad, my hero.

Tammy Parker

March 5, 2019

I will miss your stories and lessons to be learned in each one of them. You were such an inspiration and calming force to our home. Thank you for sharing that with me. I wish I would have had more time with you, we had plans, but I know you will be there in spirit. You're finally back to dancing with your favorite gal. I'll still be singing back up vocals to your banjo plucking out "the flying trapeze" song, the sounds will just be in my own head now. Everyone that knew you became your family and loved you so dearly. We all will feel a little void now, but your lessons and kindness are things we all will carry with us all the days of our lives and pass to the generations to come. You will be forever remembered. Love you grandpa. You were the coolest dude for sure.


Marie and Bruce Cox with son, Bill Cox


Marie and Bruce Cox with son, Bill Cox


Young Bill Cox


Bill loved music from an early age.