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Leo D. Cox

June 5, 1934 ~ September 11, 2021 (age 87)


    Leo D. Cox, age 87, of Ovid, MI, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Ovid Healthcare Center, Ovid, MI.

    Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI, at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of the service.

    Leo was born in St. Johns, Michigan on June 5, 1934, the son of Leo E. and Doris (Nelson) Cox.  On August 2, 1952 he married Mary Lou Jorae in Ovid, Michigan.  Mary Lou passed away on October 23, 1997. 

     Leo retired from MMPA in Ovid after many years of service.  He was a volunteer firefighter for the Ovid-Middlebury Fire Department for many years.  He enjoyed camping, spending winters in Davenport, Florida and he was an avid Michigan State fan.  Family was a big part of Leo's life and he loved spending time with them.  He was a member of the Ovid Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, and the United Church of Ovid.  

   He is survived by daughters: Linda and Chad Spawr of Rochester,Hills, MI, Brenda Birchman of Portland, MI; sons: Dennis Cox of Ovid, MI, Lynn and Jane Cox of Laingsburg, MI, and Leo Ronald Cox of Lansing, MI; grandchildren: Ben and Jaime Cox, Alanna and Jon Cejmer, Nicole Cox, Matthew and Jessica Cox, Alexander and Katie Spawr, Ryan Spawr, Monica and Rex Rainey, Kari Birchman, and Erik and Yuii Birchman.  He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Darien, Genavieve, Leila, Orian, Mason, Spencer, Easton, Arthur, Mira, one more-great granddaughter on the way and great-great-granddaughter Jaycei.   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Lou, infant son Nathaniel, and son-in-law Lyle Birchman.

     Memorials may be made to the United Church of Ovid or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, Michigan.

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September 18, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid
232 E. Oak Street
Ovid, MI 48866
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

Funeral Service
September 18, 2021

3:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid
232 E. Oak Street
Ovid, MI 48866
Guaranteed delivery before the Funeral Service begins

Burial will be held at

Maple Grove Cemetery
300 East Elm Street
Ovid, MI 48866


United Church of Ovid
131 West Front Street, Ovid MI 48866

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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