Loren A. Cox, 84, of Ridgeway, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton.
He was born in Huntsville on Jan. 30, 1930, a son of the late Kenneth T. and Emma Belle Barr Cox.
On Feb. 11, 1950, he married Dorothy Lay and they divorced. He then married the former Eileen Lenore Epps on Nov. 25, 1978, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2009. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Docie; and brothers, Paul L. and Leonard Cox.
Survivors include a son, Rick (Lisa) Cox of Ridgeway; daughter, Randie Lynn (Chris) Pfister of Lima; four grandchildren, Danielle (Corey) Foster, Jonathan (Julie) Pfister, Jessica (Matt) Brackman and Heather (Mike) Struble; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Yule of Dublin; a brother, Larry (Ellen) Cox of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He retired from Tecumseh Product in Marion.
Loren was known as a top notch horse trainer of contest horses, pulling ponies and horses, and running quarter horses, and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He won the barrel race at the 1968 All-American Quarter Horse Congress on “Buddy” and won numerous Ohio Western barrel races on “Lofty Leo.”
He was very proud of his children and grandchildren in competition.
Early, he was a jockey. He and his brothers were also known for great pulling horse teams and won many pulling contests.
Loren was always upbeat and would say he was doing great, regardless of any circumstance. He was friendly and willing to jump in and help anyone, with their horses or with any problem they might have. He was a worker, never missed a day of work and then worked hard training horses when he got home. He had many interests and he loved the outdoors.
As a young man, although not as great in stature as other boys, he had heart and spirit. He was an all-county basketball player and excellent baseball player. Regardless of size, he always played to win and he lived his life as a winner. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Pastor Terry Robinson officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, where calling is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial is in Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center.
Family would like to thank Iris Crowe for her loving care and also the nurses and aides at the Hardin Memorial Hospital, 3rd Floor, Kenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals, 1200 S. Main St., Ada OH 45810.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.