David J. Cox, 83

David J. Cox, 83, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Alden Estates in Jefferson. As per his wishes, no funeral service will be held. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Helenville. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted.

David James Cox was born on Oct. 23, 1929, the son of Clarence and Irma (Heine) in the town of Palmyra. He was a graduate of St. Mark’s Lutheran school in 1945. David served in the United States Army and served in Korea. After the war, he drove cement truck for many years. On June 26, 1954, Dave married the former Betty Bratz at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. He eventually retired from 4X Corporation in Beaver Dam. David was a lifelong resident of Watertown and the surrounding area.Prior to moving to Alden Estates last year, he had lived at Johnson Arms in Watertown for over five years.

David enjoyed telling stories and spending time with his family and friends. He was especially looking forward to the upcoming birth of his first great-grandchild in February 2013. He is survived by his daughter-inlaw Lori Oelhafen Cox of Allenton; his grandson Joshua (Theresa Zimmerman Cox) of Lomira; his granddaughter Codi of West Bend; his brother LeRoy (Chris) Tietz of Madison; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty in April of 2006; his son Douglas in January of 2011; a granddaughter, Nevada Lynn Cox in January of 1989; and one step-brother, Gilbert Tietz.

A very special thank you to Pam, Tammy, Jess and all of the wonderful staff at Alden Estates for their compassionate care of David over the past year.

The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.