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Bryan Robert Cox
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Bryan, 60, of Salina, Kansas and formerly of Shenandoah passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the Shenandoah First United Methodist Church. There will be a time of fellowship with the family following the service at the church. Private family inurnment will take place in the Shearer Cemetery near Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are being directed in Bryan's name to the Shearer Cemetery or to OCCK Inc. Developmental Disability Services in Salina, KS. Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service of Shenandoah in charge of arrangements.

Bryan Robert Cox was born to Rev. Robert I. Cox and Anita (Thompson) Cox on May 9, 1956 in Billings, MT. He went to join the Lord January 29, 2017. Bryan grew up moving across the upper Midwest following his father’s ministry to many congregations; it was then he developed his strong sense of family; family was the only constant having attended as many as eight schools in 12 years. After finishing high school in Gurley, NE, Bryan left for Dana College in Blair, NE where he would find the love of his life, Jana Christensen. Falling madly in love during the course a few poetic months, they were married in Jana’s hometown of Shenandoah, IA on September 19, 1976.

It was in Shenandoah that Bryan and Jana started their own family with three boys. Although it was a great job opportunity that took them to Salina, KS in 1984, Bryan always measured his success in life by raising three boys into men, becoming a grandpa and loving his bride every day more than the last.

Although Bryan had a singular focus in his love and spiritual lives, his professional life was as equally determined as it was eclectic; a perfect match for his wit and startling intellect. Bryan’s calling was to serve people, from his early years in Shenandoah as an EMT to a decade spent securing financial protection and security for clients all over the Midwest as an insurance agent and financial advisor. Personal disabilities proved to redirect Bryan’s calling once again to service of others. In 1992 Bryan began to work in the industry that would provide the setting for the rest of his career; home health care. It was more than a career to Bryan, it was a passion. He never worked a day to provide living solutions to people that needed them; it was always a sense of duty that drove his inexhaustible work ethic. This passion ad sense of duty defined him in many ways for all those he worked with and serviced. Bryan was honored to be a longtime board member for OCCK (Occupational Center of Central Kansas). Bryan worked for several companies, notably Funk Pharmacy and Mobility in Concordia, KS and most recently with Brightree, LLC.

Bryan’s devotion to his children also manifested in another life passion; coaching youth sports. A constant on the sidelines since his boys laced up cleats, Bryan’s diligence and pursuit of service took him quickly from the sideline to the boardroom. In a series of transitions from youth coach, to assistant director of the Salvation Army Youth Football program, to a founding member of a large merger of youth football programs to a respected board member. Bryan watched football every Friday night and Saturday morning just to spot kids he had worked with; proud of their successes without ever realizing it was also his success.

A man of unshakable faith, even in recent years of personal physical limitations, Bryan’s love of family and strength of faith once again stood as the example for which his sons and grandchildren built their lives. His encyclopedic knowledge of the bible and his profound ability to entertain with a story set the stage for laughs at family gathering and lessons in quiet rooms.

Bryan was preceded in death by his parents and his infant sister, Laura Lee. Bryan is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jana. His three boys; Joshua, wife Kelli of Olathe, KS and their children Ethan, Emma and Elijah. Ben, wife Erin of Kansas City, MO and their children Layla, Ellie, Declan and Hayden. BJ (Bryan Jansen), wife Tammi and their children Kyler, Jocelynn, Christian and Brysie. His brother Eugene wife Mileth of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Bryan was also incredibly close to his niece Kassandra Waite and nephew Matthew Cox. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, David Christensen of Stanton, IA and the families of his children Leslie and Scott. And his mother-in-law “mom” Verla Christensen of Shenandoah, IA. Bryan leaves behind a legacy of service and a trail of friendships to which many would find too daunting a climb to even aspire, but which for him came in the natural course of living his life in the manner set before him by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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12:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

200 Church Street Shenandoah, IA 51601
Shenandoah, IA 51601

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