Loren A. Cox, 84

Loren A. Cox, 84, of Ridgeway, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital, in Kenton.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1930, in Huntsville, a son of the late Kenneth T. and Emma Belle (Barr) Cox.  On Feb. 11, 1950, he married his first wife, Dorothy Lay, and they divorced. He then married his second wife, the former Eileen Lenore Epps on Nov. 25, 1978, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2009.  Also preceding him in death were 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, Heather (Mike) Struble; five great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Yule, of Dublin; 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, 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, 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 will officiate a funeral service on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Belle Center, where friends may call on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, from 2 – 8 p.m.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, in Belle Center.

Family would like to thank Iris Crowe for her loving care and also the nurses and aides at the Hardin Memorial Hospital, third floor, in Kenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals, 1200 South Main Street, Ada, Ohio  45810.

 Condolences may be expressed at edsfh.com.