Douglas D. ‘Grizz’ Cox, 54

Douglas D. "Grizz" Cox, 54, of Allenton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

Doug was born on Feb. 23, 1956, in Watertown to David and Elizabeth "Betty" (nee Bratz) Cox. He attended Watertown High School. Doug was a professional truck driver for many years.

After nine years of dating, Doug married Lori Oelhafen on Jan. 18, 2002. Together, they started and operated Doug Cox Trucking. When Doug experienced health problems in 2004, he decided to retire from driving semi truck and accepted a dispatch position at Blue Leasing in West Bend where he was employed up until his passing. Doug enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He also enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and driving his Cobra Mustang with Lori by his side.

Doug is survived by his wife, Lori; his two children, Joshua Douglas (Theresa Zimmerman) of Theresa and Codi Lynn of Sun Prairie; his father, David Cox of Watertown; his mother-in-law, Misty Oelhafen of Allenton; his two sisters-in-law, Lisa (Craig) Freiberg of Van Dyne and Lynn Wagner of Clarksville, Tenn. He is further survived by his two nephews, Kyle Wagner of Cedarburg and Ryan Freiberg of Van Dyne; his two nieces, Kodi and Meg Freiberg of Van Dyne; very special friends, Trev and Terri Timblin; his four beloved cats, Ellie, Mo, Bitsy and Squeak; and many other friends and family.

Doug was preceded in death by his mother in 2006 and his infant daughter Nevada Lynn in 1989.

It was Doug’s wish that no funeral services be held.

Memorials are preferred to the Washington County Humane Society, 3650 Highway 60, Slinger, WI 53086; the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; or the charity or your choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.

Even though Doug had been plagued by heart disease for the last several years, he never let it affect his spirit. He was such a positive, fun-loving person who thoroughly enjoyed his life. He will be truly missed by everyone who had the privilege of having him in their lives.