Kevin Cox was born on November 28, 1954, to Verlin and Shirley Cox (Golding). Verlin and Shirley had two sets of boys: Roger and Wayne and then nine years later Kevin and Chuck. He grew-up attending the old Hanfield United Methodist Church. Kevin had a passion for anything with wheels starting with the bicycle he used on his paper route followed by remote-controlled cars then go-carts and then the many cars and motorcycles he had during his lifetime. They all needed to go fast and sound like they were fast.
Professionally, Kevin was a respected member of the collision repair industry. He started young and had many mentors along the way. As with most “car people,” he worked at many repair facilities in the area. He was a painter, technician, a manager, and an I-CAR instructor eventually finishing his career at Don Ayres Honda in Fort Wayne after 20 years as the collision manager at the dealership.
Kevin was a proud member of the infamous Eastbrook High School class of 1973. He remained close to several of his classmates throughout his life in addition to the many other friends (which he could make easily) who lived around Indiana, Michigan and recently Florida and Alabama. He married Renee Cox on November 14, 1987, and together with friends they roamed the countryside on their motorcycle until his illness prevented big trips. Kevin was a natural born leader – whether it was leading people into mischief or serving as the co-vice president of the Wanderers Motorcycle Club – he always rode at the front of the group, he helped organized the Tippy Weekend, and was a person everyone could count on when they needed anything.
Following retirement, Kevin became an avid golfer. He had a standing game with his golf buddies at Arbor Trace.
Kevin loved his family. After raising his daughter Morgan and two stepsons Derek and Danny, becoming a loving grandpa to his five grandkids came naturally.
His family and friends will remember Kevin for his many attributes but especially his sense of humor. “Have I told you the one about the (fill in the blank)?” was a frequent starter to the many conversations he had in person or on the phone to one of his many friends. He loved to make people laugh.
Kevin was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Charles “Chuck,” and Roger and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his long-time friend Rick “String Bean” Wescott of West Branch, MI who passed in March 2022.
Survivors of his family include his loving wife of 36 years, Renee Cox of Marion; daughter, Morgan Cox, Greencastle; stepsons Derek (Courtney) Kibble, Fishers and Danny Kibble, Indianapolis; grandchildren Dawson and Emma McCarty, Greencastle; Max Kibble, Chicago; Sam and Eli Kibble, Fishers; and brother Wayne (Maureen), Trafalgar; plus, several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Kevin also leaves behind so many years-long friends there are too many to list – but you know who you are. His wife lovingly referred to Kevin as the unofficial Mayor of Van Buren.
Visitation will occur on Tuesday, November 28 from 12 – 4 PM with services taking place at 4 PM at Van Buren Church of the Vine - Fellowship Hall, located at 108 S 2nd St, Van Buren, IN 46991.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society Endowed Fund via the Community Foundation of Grant County – www.givetogrant.org/imps or the Billy Graham Association – www.billygraham.org.