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Robert Ray Cox, age 81, of Tipton, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, November 24, 2023, at his daughter’s home in Tipton, Indiana. Bobby Ray was born in Frankfort, Indiana on January 24, 1942, to Glen & Dena (Wilson) Cox. Robert married the love of his life, Lynn Hartzog on December 6, 1976, at Tipton Church of the Nazarene. They shared 43 wonderful years of marriage before she passed away in 2020.
Bobby Ray was a graduate of Kempton High School. After high school he proudly served in the United States Army. Once he returned to civilian life, he worked for GM in the fabrication department, from where he retired. He was a member of the local UAW as well as Kokomo Fab Rats.
Bobby Ray enjoyed the outdoors. He loved nothing more than to be in his flower and vegetable gardens watching his hard work come to life. He was known as the family flower identifier, if he didn’t know the type of flower it was, he would get his phone out and use his identifying app to figure it out. Anytime he was outside, he was on the lookout for birds. Bobby Ray loved all kinds of birds and always made certain the feeders were full. When he wasn’t outside, he enjoyed watching old westerns on tv, fixing jewelry, and helping his grandson put furniture together; they made a shelf to hold electrical wires and built jigs out of wood to be useful around the house. Bobby Ray also liked to watch football, crime shows and Curse of oak Island. His grandson, youngest granddaughter and daughter would watch an episode of one of these shows with him every night.
In their younger years, Bobby Ray & Lynn had an antiquing business where they would buy, fix, and then sell anything and everything antique. At one time, they had a huge barn full of all their finds. He always loved to take his grandkids to his storage unit to look at family heirlooms, crafts, and things from his childhood. Bobby Ray loved to tell stories about when he was in Germany with the Army and about all his life experiences. Those are stories his family will hold on to and cherish in the years to come.
Bobby Ray loved to go for drives with no destination in mind. He would just go where his heart took him and seemed to be able to find his way wherever he went. He loved to go look around Menards and Lowes. Bobby Ray was also an avid train enthusiast.
Those left to carry on Bobby Ray’s legacy of love are his daughter Darcy (Phil) Ward; grandchildren Gabrielle E. (Travis) Hayward, Andrew G. Ward, and Abigaile Ward; great-grandchild Elena C. Hayward, Esme Hayward; cousins, Becky (Jay) Holbrook, Sherry Bagley, Mona (Jim)Rayl, Sandi (Mike) McCorkle, Jerry Cox; nephew, Brian Cox.
Bobby Ray was welcomed into Heaven by his parents Glen & Dena Cox; wife Lynn Cox; Son Jason Stocker; and Brother Mike Cox.
A funeral service celebrating Bobby Ray’s life will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main St. in Tipton with Pastor Doug Slack officiating. Visitation for family & friends will take place prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Committal will take place at Kempton Cemetery.
Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Bobby Ray with his family on his tribute wall.
Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cox family.