Nov. 1, 1919 — Jan. 21, 2013
A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for William Stanley Cox, who died peacefully Monday evening, Jan. 21, with his family at his side. Stanley, along with his twin brother Stewart, was born on the W.W. Cox Ranch to W.W. and Lois Stanley Cox.
Mr. Cox attended Grayson Elementary School in Westley and graduated in 1937 from Patterson High School. He attended Modesto Junior College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Degree in agricultural business from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1941. He participated in school activities and excelled on the football and rugby teams.
After Cal, he was selected to attend Midshipman School at Columbia University in New York City. He earned his commission and was sent to train at Melville, R.I. in Motor Torpedo Boats. Lt. Cox served as a PT boat captain for the duration of World War II in the South Pacific.
When the war ended, he returned to Westley to begin farming and ranching with his father and brother. On July 21, 1946, Mr. Cox married Katharine Rosasco resulting in three children and a wonderful 65 years of marriage on the Cox Ranch.
In 1951, the brothers formed a partnership with Dan, Tom, Mike and Earl Perez to begin Cox and Perez Farms. Later, with his sons, Chuck and Jim, they formed another farming venture, 3X Farms. Mr. Cox spent much time cattle ranching in the hills west of Patterson and Crows Landing. He was an excellent horseman and had a keen eye for cattle. Farming and ranching was his lifelong vocation, but he was well-versed in many areas of study. He was equipped with a keen intellect, a practical skill set, and a strong work ethic, which he used to be of service to people in the farming and ranching industry as a board director of the Calif. Livestock Marketing Association and the West Stanislaus Bean Growers Association.
Mr. Cox also used his talents in the community. He was an active lifelong member of the Patterson Federated Church; long time member of the Patterson Lodge No. 488; served on the Stanislaus County Grand Jury; was a founding director of the Del Puerto Hospital Board where he served 22 years; served many years on the Yosemite District Boy Scouts of America board of directors; was a member of the Westley- El Solyo Volunteer Fire Department and served on the West Stanislaus County Fire District board of directors.
Working with the youth was very important to Mr. Cox. He was an Explorer Scout and Boy Scout leader. He was active in Patterson’s American Field Service and hosted a high school student from Ethiopia. He devoted many hours to coaching Little League baseball teams and was admired by all the boys. He was quite supportive of the Patterson Lodge’s Rainbow Girls program, which helped underprivileged girls in the community. When the Patterson community needed a new football stadium, he volunteered to help. It was his perseverance, strength, leadership and engineering skills that drove the project to fruition. The stadium has been a source of pride for the community of Patterson for many years.
Mr. Cox is preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Cox; a sister, Rebecca Heckendorf, a sister Margaret Funk, and a brother John Stewart Cox.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan C. Medeiros of Sonora, son, Charles S. Cox and his wife, Sylvia, of Turlock, and son James P. Cox and his wife, Catherine, of Patterson. He is also survived by his admiring grandchildren, Melissa Medeiros, Erin Medeiros, Alison Cox, Ramsey Cox, Warren Cox and Kelly Cox. The family would like to thank Maria Cordero and Madelena Silveira for their loving care and kindness.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Federated Methodist-Presbyterian Church, 45 S. El Circulo. Burial will be at Paterson District Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson.
The family requests that instead of flowers donations in Mr. Cox’s name be sent to The Federated Church, P.O. Box 1418, Patterson, CA 95363; Westley-El Solyo Fire Department, P.O. Box 911, Westley, CA 95387; or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Hillview Funeral Chapel, 450 W. Las Palmas Ave., Patterson is handling the arrangements.