Stanley Cox (1953-2018)

We invite you to join us in celebrating the legacy of our husband, father, brother, cousin, friend and our beloved “Uncle Stan.”

Stan grew up as the second youngest of six siblings and defeated the odds from an early age. He stood out in his early years from his height, work ethic and grit to win.

Stan grew up in North Toledo, later moving to a farm on Alexis Road in Sylvania. Losing his mother at the age of 14, he fought against the odds and pushed himself to success in Sylvania schools while winning the the heart of his future wife in eighth grade.

Never given a middle name, he certainly earned one for himself on the basketball court. Stan set records at Sylvania and was later inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Using these talents to support his family, he earned a scholarship to play basketball for Tennessee Tech. He traveled South with his young wife, Jenise and shortly thereafter, welcomed their son, “Stanley” Christopher.

After cementing a solid position on the team during his freshman year, his commitment grew to completing school and providing a solid foundation for his family. He completed his degree at Tennessee Tech after three years and welcomed his second child, Jacob Nathaniel, before returning to the Toledo area.

Stan utilized his degree and career in education with a mission to positively impact people. He jumped at the opportunity to pursue his career and moved his family, along with daughter, Sarah Abigail, to Bryan, where he became the assistant principal of the high school.

As a coach, industrial arts and OWA teacher earlier in Maumee and then as an administrator in Bryan City Schools, his reach was broad in encouraging students and staff to work hard and realize their potential. His lasting legacy is the positive impacts he had on students and staff and developing a “network” of administrators, coaches and teachers who carry on his mission.

Stan touched many people and even more so at the end of his life, as God touched Stan. Stan truly demonstrated God’s strength and faith. He shared his personal testimony which impacted his friends and the congregation, and encouraged others from the lake into regular attendance. Stan’s catchphrase in his final chapters will forever encourage all of us — “GIG.” God is Good. And he will never be forgotten, “For Sure.”

Stan was a family man. His joy for his children, their spouses and his eight grandchildren are evident in the joy of his face in pictures and his encouraging words. His presence is and will always be felt at Little Long Lake where he spent the last week of his life in his new home. He built and remodeled many of the cottages and he was the groundskeeper and COO after his retirement from the schools.

A part of Stan will always be with us — his wife of 48 years, Jenise (Jacoby) Cox; loving children and grandchildren, Chris and Karyn (Lilly) Cox with Ethan, Evan and Lilly; Jake and Jill (Sanderson) Cox with Gabriella, Camilla and Caroline; Joel and Sarah (Cox) Helbig with Grant and Samuel; Stan’s siblings, Jim, Jerry, Linda, Christine and Raymond.

Stan was welcomed in heaven with open arms by Jesus, his mother (Grace) and father (Earthel Cox). His mother, who was ultimately his caretaker, was his mother-in-law, Margaret Jacoby, who is surely preparing him a heavenly feast, alongside his father-in-law, Mark.

A visitation will be held at the Bryan Arts and Education Center Auditorium, 325 W. High St., Bryan, Ohio, from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, with a memorial service from 8-9 p.m. Visitation at Stan’s home church, Zion Missionary, 205 N. Ray Road, in Fremont, Indiana, will be held on Saturday the 20th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a funeral service to begin at 1 p.m., followed by laying his earthly body to rest in the Covenanter Cemetery near Clear Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Cameron Hospice, 416 E. Maumee St., Angola, IN 46703, or to Grace Cox and Betty Lou Moose Scholarship Fund, payable to the Henry County Foundation.

The services will be organized by Beams Funeral Home of Fremont, Indiana. Condolences may be sent online to


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