Elm Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Park

4600 W. Kilgore Ave, Muncie, IN


The family will receive friends at the residence following the graveside service.

Paul Eugene Cox

August 6, 1939August 30, 2020

Paul Eugene Cox, 81, Yorktown, passed away Sunday evening, August 30, 2020, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sunday, August 6, 1939, in Muncie, the son of Mary Irene Cox. Paul began his Law Enforcement career with the Muncie Police Department on June 15, 1962, and retired in 1994 after serving the citizens of Muncie for thirty two years. Paul was an avid golfer, a member of the Elks Club, and was to be a 2021 inductee in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as an official. He was a former member of the Yorktown Town Council. Mr. Cox served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1961.

Survivors include his wife of forty four years, Maryellen Cox; children, Rick (wife, Lucy) Cox, Paula Cox-McNair, Ronnie L. Cox, and Kelby Johnson; five grandchildren, Madeline Cox, Sam Cox, William McNair, Makena Johnson, and Rohan Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Mary Irene Cox.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020, at Elm Ridge Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Curtis officiating. Military Rites will be conducted by Delaware County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the residence following the graveside service.

Due to the COVID19 PANDEMIC, a mask is required at the graveside service. To be safe, please remember to adhere to the six foot social distancing.

Elm Ridge Funeral Home has been entrusted with his arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Muncie Police Department, 300 North High Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.elmridgefuneralhome.com.


  • Muncie Police Department


  • Graveside Service with Military Honors:

    Friday, September 4, 2020


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Jim Bird

September 5, 2020

So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. Enjoyed many rounds of golf with him. He will be missed.

Mark Masariu

September 3, 2020

To the Cox Family: I’m so sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. We knew each for decades through our officiating brotherhood. He was a good and respected official throughout the state, and observed all the games I officiated at Ball State. We were lucky you shared him with us. Because of your strong support group you can share his life and memories with each other through this difficult time. He and Bob Carr are probably going over their pre-game conference right now.

Ron Barsh

September 3, 2020

Paul worked many NCC basketball games for us and IHSAA baseball tournaments for us at Kokomo High School. He was such an outstanding official and a better person. Will always have great memories of our time together!
Ron Barsh
AD and coach at Kokomo HS

Fred Hamilton

September 3, 2020

What great memories with Paul, any time our paths crossed with High School Basketball. RIP Paul. A Great Official and friend.

John Armstrong

September 3, 2020

Rick, Ronni and family. I'm sorry for your loss. Your Dad always had a minute for a chat no matter at a ballgame or anywhere else. He was a good man!

John Armstrong

Ruth South

September 2, 2020

Mary Ellen, I am so sorry.

Virginia Puckett

September 2, 2020

I have know Paul most of my life. His son rode my bus for a short time. Paul has always been very friendly and a smile for anyone he saw.
He will be missed. Prayers to his family

Richard & Kristine Reed

September 2, 2020

Oh Maryellen we are so sorry for your loss. We have such fond memories of Paul especially when he worked in the Prosecutor's Office. Many funny times were had when Paul was around. We will always remember Paul with such fondness. Again, our hearts break for you and the family.

Doug McKibben

September 2, 2020

To the Cox Family, So So sorry for you loss, Paul was a First Class Gentleman that I was able to play golf with and know as a TRUE friend, He will be greatly missed.

Mark Manning

September 2, 2020

Captain Cox was a good and fair minded Supervisor
He was very big on Professionalism and representing the Department in the highest standard as possible.
We always called him “Too Tall Paul’ as he was a very tall man.
It was my honor to have served with this caliber of man.
Rest In Peace, Sir.

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