Ellsworth Cox

Born: Mon., Dec. 26, 1927
Died: Sun., Jul. 2, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 05, 2017
Location: Fickes Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jul. 06, 2017
Location: Fickes Funeral Home

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Ellsworth Cox, 89, born on December 26, 1927, in Uhrichsville, OH, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017. He is survived by his wife, of 69 years, Edwinna (Stewart) Cox., and five children, Jeffrey (Ann) Cox, Reynoldsburg, OH, Marlyn (Ken) Krueger , Napoleon, OH, Diane Leicy, Mansfield, OH, Steve (Dixie) Cox, Gahanna, OH, Carol Cox, Greenville, SC, and four grandchildren, Lindsey (Danny) Green, Aurora, CO, Corey Cox, Troy, OH, Kari (Alex) Barnett, Lynchburg, VA, and Allison Cox, Gahanna, OH, sister-in-law Donna (William) Cox, New Philadelphia, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by a son, Michael James Cox, his parents John and Christina (Devore) Cox, two sisters, and spouses, Juanita (Roy) Thompson, Martha (Ray) Tschudy, and six brothers, Charles (Savonna) Cox, Howard (Gerri) Cox, Johnny (Helen) Cox, William Cox, Ben (Virgina) Cox, and Harold (Helen) Cox.

Ellsworth graduated from Tuscarawas High School in 1945, where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He attended Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH), which is where he met Edwinna. He played football for one year at Wittenberg and graduated with a degree in Health & Physical Education (minor in History) in 1949. He began his teaching and coaching (basketball & baseball) career at Warsaw, OH (Coshocton County) in the 1949-50 school year. In 1955, after four years at Warsaw, Ellsworth moved his family to Ashland County where began teaching at Hayesville High School. He taught Social Studies, Health and PE, and was the football, basketball, baseball, and track coach. His athletic teams at Hayesville won several Ashland County League Championships. With the consolidation of Hayesville and Jeromesville, Ellsworth moved to Hillsdale High School as the head basketball coach, where he taught American Government, Health and PE. He stopped coaching in 1969 and was Hillsdale’s Athletic Director until his retirement from teaching in 1985.
Ellsworth first picked up a golf club in the late 1950’s and became a “scratch” golfer. He won several club championships at the Round Lake, Glenwood Golf and Mohican Hills Golf Courses in Ashland County. He also won several club and senior titles at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Canada. He recorded three holes-in one, and on June 2, 1962, he set a course record (nine holes) at Round Lake with a score of 31.

During retirement, Ellsworth and Edwinna traveled the country in their motorhome, owned a fishing cottage in Canada for the summers, and wintered in Mission, TX. He once said, “The biggest decision I need to make when I wake up in the morning is whether I’m going fishing or golfing”.
Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday July 6, 2017 at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville with Pastor Jerry Rhea officiating. Burial will be in Medway Cemetery in Medway, Ohio. Friends may call Wednesday July 5, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ashland County Community Foundation 300 College Ave. Ashland, OH 44805 or to Ohio Health Mansfield Hospice 335 Glessner Ave. Mansfield, OH 44903.
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Dick VanGilder
   Posted Mon July 03, 2017
Coach Cox was one of the best coaches and teacher that I ever had. Often a man of few words but one to be listened to. Only recently, through Jeff, did I learn how good an athlete he was. Coach never spoke about his sports background, or his playing semi-pro baseball when he was coaching us. His time at Hayesville helped to create a very memorable experience. He was a man that I greatly admired and one that will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to Edwina and her family.

Alicia Boyer Birl
   Posted Mon July 03, 2017
Mrs. Cox - The memories I have from all the time I got to spend with you and Unc when I was a child are so precious to me. You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you always - Alicia

Larry & Rosie Moffett
   Posted Mon July 03, 2017
So sorry for your loss. We both remember him with the fondest of memories.

bonnie patterson
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
Edwinna and Family- My father Dennis, my brother Scott and I send our condolences to you all. We always had such fun with your family. Pop was talking today about Ellsy always helping out with the work in the summer by painting. Please know we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Bonnie Patterson

Linda Hoover Smith
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
My sincere sympathies on your loss. Mr. Cox was a great role model, a kind man.

Rodney Poling
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
I am very sorry for you loss. He was a great man, coach, and teacher he will be missed. My prayers are with his family.

Leo M Hines
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
Sorry Edwina about Ellsworth. Jean and I lived at 2012 Kelly and I played harmonica in our little band in Valley View. I am now 94 years old and Jean is 88. We now live in Defiance.OH. Once again, we send our condolences and we would like to hear from you.
Leo and Jean Hines

Marilyn and Bob Jurrens
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
Eddie, Marlyn, and family,
Sympathy and God's blessings to all of you He will be missed at Valley View Estates.
Lord be with you,
Marilyn and Bob
2030 Kelly

   Posted Tue July 04, 2017

Christy Diachenko
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. I'll be praying God's wonderful grace will surround you at this time of sorrow.

Renee (Holler) Waugaman
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
My deepest condolences to Marlyn, Jeff, and the rest of the family. Mr. Cox will be deeply missed and his legacy will live on. He was an inspiration to all that knew him and was lucky enough to have him as a teacher or coach. May God grant you all comfort and peace through this difficult time, keep your memories close.

William Eubank
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
I met Ellsy several times through my brother-in-law Jeffrey and sister Ann Cox and even got to play golf with him once. A fine man and a true delight to me. Also was there one time when the motor home almost got stuck at my aunt's house but the tow-truck pulled it right out with him at the wheel. Not many reach the level he did at their alma-mater. He will be missed. God Bless.

Doug &Lori Runions
   Posted Tue July 04, 2017
Our all American friend has passed but he will always be remembered.Els was a mans man and of many talents actions spoke louder than words.Sports and golf in particular were his passions but his family was his life.Friends were never truer than Els.Our hearts go out to Edwinna and all the family may god bless you all at this time Your Canadian friends are thinking of you. Tks for all the great memories on the mighty TRENT RIVER Our prayers the Runions family

Luz Edens
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by The Edens Family.

To Aunt Edwinna and our cousins -- Although our families live far apart, please know that our hearts and thoughts could not be closer - especially at this time. For our beloved Uncle Ellsy -- We will always cherish the memories of the times we have shared with you. Rest in Peace. -- The Edens Family

Mary Lee Kosse Hensel
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Cox family,
My sincere condolences to all of you. Mr Cox was a wonderful coach, teacher and friend. He was an inspiration to all the students, and I have fond memories of his guidance and leadership during some rough times in high school.
Your family is in my prayers.

   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
My parents, Bill & Doris Butschi, were "winter Texans" living at 2014 Loker Ave in Valley View starting around 1989. I bought the place from Dad shortly before his death in Feb. of 2002. When I retired from teaching in Iowa in 2003, I was able to start coming down to VV for about a month in November, getting things opened up for my renters. I had only heard great stories of Ells and how he became close friends with my parents. When signing up for Tuesday golf outings, I got to meet Ells and he told me how he regarded my parents as "real nice foks". We became good golf buddies from then on, although I didn't (and haven't yet) become a winter resident of VV. I was looking forward to golfing more regularly with Ells and the rest of the VV gang. I will miss his kind words and gentle manner, but will carry his memory with me, especially when hitting the links at Palm View GC. I'm sure he'll be there looking over us and checking our score cards. He was a memorable gentleman whom you can be so proud of.

Faye English
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Mrs. Cox and family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Coach was our Government teacher for all of our family. My maiden name was French. He coached our brother in basketball. Russ graduated from Hayesville in 1959. Russ was chosen most valuable player his senior year. We as a family loved and respected coach. Russ commented at the last Hayesville alumi banquet when his class was honored how good coach looked. He really enjoyed talking to him and was amazed at how spry he was. Russ just passed away May 22 so now they can continue their talk in Heaven. Thank you for sharing him with our school. Faye French English

Larry Layman
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
Edwinna and family - So sorry for your loss. Warsaw Class of 55 has great memories of the time you were there. He was a wonderful teacher, coach and friend to so many in our class. We will be thinking and saying a prayer for you and your family. I also remember you making great music with the marimba. Cherish your memories. Larry Layman, Gerald Laughlin, Ward Mowery, representing Class of 55

Sharon Harlan Barr
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about Mr Cox! He led a good life and was an inspiration to many. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

sheila rhoades
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017

Terry Tegtmeier
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
Please accept my condolences given to Mrs. Cox and the entire Cox family. I now live in Tuscarawas County, and when reading the TimesReporter, the name and picture of Ellsworth Cox flew off the pages at me. If you'll indulge me, I had to contact you. My father, William Tegtmeier, coached basketball and baseball at Savannah High School (until its consolidation into Crestview). Even though I was fairly young (born in late 1949), I distinctly remember your husband/father well from the many athletic "battles" they had over the years. Though I may be wrong, my memory suggests that their schools were often two of the more dominant teams in the old Ashland County League. And I can still see both of them pacing up the sidelines and offering "suggestions" to the referees (some things don't change)! I also believe that I played under the lights against one of his sons in a Little League All-Star game many years ago.
Coachs have a unique opportunity to affect young men, and I'm sure that your husband/father had a positive influence on many students, as did my father.
Again, my condolences to the entire family.

Elizabeth (Ernsberger) Woodruff
   Posted Thu July 06, 2017
Marlyn and the entire Cox family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of Mr. Ellsworth Cox. We extend our deepest condolences to each of you. The Ernsberger children all crossed paths with Mr. Cox as a teacher, a coach and a kind man during our high school days at Hillsdale. We pray for God's blessing of peace and comfort be with each of you today and in the days to come. Hold on to your memories.

Beverly, Tom Ellen, John

Jodie (Shopbell) Frazer
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Cox family.

Barbara Fabian (TOM)
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
I just found out today of your loss and wish to send my condolences. I lost Tom on May 16th and he always had the highest regard for Mr. Cox, He was the pitcher when the class of 54 went to St. Clairesville. I certainly feel for you, I know it's the hardest thing I have ever done. Barbara Hughes Fabian (class of 55)

Anne (Winterhalter) Doughty
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Dear Edwinna & Family,
I just learned of Ellsy's passing today in the Coshocton Beacon. Please accept Walter & my deepest sympathy for your loss. I will let Will know. He is a district manager for Wendy's with 2 stores in Findlay and1 in Defiance but lives in Kenton. Sincerely, Anne

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