Carl Wade “Bobber” Cox


Carl Wade “Bobber” Cox of Cadillac, formerly of Baldwin, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, September 2, 2013 at his home with his family by his side. He was 72. He was born August 24, 1941 in Pontiac. to Carl D. and Alice R. (Wallace) Cox. Carl and Alice moved to Baldwin when young Carl was three weeks old.

Carl attended Baldwin Schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade, when he graduated in 1959. From ages 13 to 15 Carl was a Boy Scout, where he was a patrol leader, bugler and life scout. As a boy scout Carl earned 22 merit badges and participated in many jamborees. He was active in most school functions, including; VP Student Council, news staff, played trumpet in the school band, sang in the choir, varsity club president and graduated on the honor roll. He also played baseball, football, track and captained the 1959 Class D state runner up in basketball.

On February 19, 1961 Carl enlisted in the Air Force. After basic training and air craft maintenance he was assigned to Japan and Korea for over two years. He was then assigned to Germany, Tripoli and Libya for two and a half years.

Carl received a four year academic scholarship to Michigan Technical University where he received his associate’s degree.

Carl’s first job in Cadillac was with the United States Forest Service, where he worked for ten years. He then took a job with the City of Cadillac in the engineering department for eight years before working for Mitchell and Associates in Kingsley until retiring in 2001.

Carl coached CASA and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. He also enjoyed playing sports, fishing, reading, his animals, especially his dog, Dixie. He was a member of the Revival Center in Cadillac and was active in many ways there, including singing special music.

On February 18, 1967 in Ludington he married the former Carol M. Tatarchuk and she survives him along with their children: Thomas (Kathy) Wiley of Holland, Carl (Allison) Cox of Ravenna, Lisa (Mike) Gamble of Tustin and Christine Wood of Cadillac; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Kim Cox of Ravenna; a sister, Cynthia Anderson of Baldwin and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Derrick Thomas Gamble.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Cadillac Revival Center with Reverend Will Markham officiating. Friends may meet the family one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Revival Center Food Pantry, Hospice of Michigan or the family.

Arrangements were made by the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac. An online guestbook is available at