George Dale Cox, 87 of Hawley, MN, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
Dale was born on March 14, 1933, to George and Catherine Beulah (Cox) Cox in Northwood, ND. He graduated from Grand Forks Central where he became the 1st player in North Dakota to score 30 points in a single basketball game. Shortly after high school, he met and married Dione Stewart and together they had four boys, Donald (Lori) Cox, David (Lori) Cox, Douglas (Coleen) Cox, and Dean (McCarthy) Cox. He attended UND where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He began working for his dad at Cox’s Bakery and took over the business once his father retired. Dale learned to fly so he could visit and keep tabs on his many bakeries.
After a divorce and battling cancer at the age of 39, he met Leslie Kensok and they were united in marriage, starting a new chapter in Dale’s life. His love of flying took hold, and he began a new career, buying, selling, and customizing airplanes in his favorite city in the world, Hawley, MN. Dale’s family was the biggest love in his life whom he absolutely adored and would do anything for.
Dale is survived by his loving wife, Leslie; children, Michelle (Shivan) Kulasingham, Anthony (Mireille) Cox, Andrew (Carissa) Cox, Robert (Nicole) Cox, Theodore (Bethany) Cox; 24 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Myna Doda, Charlotte Olson, and Cheryl Kristjanson; many nieces and nephews; and many other loving relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Beulah; sisters, Geraldine Paulson and Dorothy Lockart; brother’s-in-law, Jim Paulson and Brian Kristjanson.
Visitation will be from 5:00P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 11, 2021, followed by the prayer service at 7:00 P.M. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Hawley, MN. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, with a livestream of the service available at 11:00 A.M. on Dale’s webpage at www.wrightfuneral.com where a video tribute and guestbook may also be found. Final resting place will be at Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, MN.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Red River Valley Hospice or St. Andrew’s Buidling Fund.