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Jimmy O. Cox

March 14, 1941 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Jimmy Cox Obituary

Jimmy (Jim) O Cox, 82, died with his family by his side December 25, 2023, at the family farm north of Angelo. He was born March 14, 1941, in Wilton, WI, the son of Harold and Gladys (Wallace) Cox. He was the 4th of 10 children. 

After graduating from Wilton High School, he sought work in farming which brought him to the Sparta area. He accepted a job as hired man for Paul and Mabel Affeldt to run their dairy farm. There he met his partner in life, the love of his life, Patricia (Affeldt) Cox. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June. Being a farmer is what Jim knew and loved, devoting his life to caring for the land, animals and all those in need of a helping hand. He offered many opportunities to young men to work and to learn by example. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Harold Cox, Jr and wife, Edith, loving sister, Joanne Meyer, sister-in-law, Nadine Cox; niece, Sheila Cox and niece, Lynette Shisler. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Pat (Affeldt) Cox, are son, Jay Cox and wife, Jean of Sparta; daughter, Jodi Waltenberg and husband, Paul of Wisconsin Rapids; chosen son, Jeffery Harr and wife, Susan of Sparta; chosen son, Ryan Burkhalter of Sparta; semi favorite daughter, Sarah Spry; grandchildren, AJ Cox, Cortney Cox (Travis Gillmeister); Kayley Schoonover (Cody Schoonover); Felicia Younger-Waltenberg; great grandson, Cruise Schoonover; sister, Alice Leis-Murray; brother in law, Harry Meyer;  brother, Robert Cox and wife, Marlene;  sister, Linda Shisler and husband, Ronnie; brother, Gary Cox; brother, Wade Cox and wife, Connie; brother, Royce Cox and wife, Kathy; brother, John Cox; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to personally thank Marcia Everson of Quality Comfort Care for the love you showed Dad and supporting us all in our hour of need as well as Gundersen Hospice for their compassionate assistance. For all who had the honor of knowing him, please know he has moved on to care for greener pastures. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, with Priscilla Hemmersbach officiating. Burial will be in Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Quality Comfort Care LLC, c/o Marcia Iverson E6703 Dach Road, Viroqua, WI 54665; Gundersen Health System Hospice, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54601; Jim’s favorite charity, Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS), PO Box 130, Sparta, WI 54656.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.   

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January 6, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation
106 W Franklin Street
Sparta, WI 54656

Memorial Service
January 6, 2024

3:00 PM
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation
106 W Franklin Street
Sparta, WI 54656

January 6, 2024

3:45 PM
Angelo Oak Grove Cemetery
10853 Gage Avenue
Sparta, WI 54656


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