Brian Thomas Cox, 32, Luverne, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral Mass was Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial was at St. Adrian Cemetery in Adrian.
Brian Cox was born on Oct. 9, 1985, to Michael and Cheryl (Schutz) Cox at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. He was baptized that same day in the hospital. Brian was raised in Luverne and received his education and therapy services at Children’s Care Hospital and School in Sioux Falls. He has done volunteer work at Rock County Opportunities (RCO). Brian was not created with a perfect body, and over the years seizures and illness took their toll.
Brian was cared for by the staff of Habilitative Services at the Christensen House in Luverne for the past number of years. The caregivers very much became an extension of his family. Brian’s family is grateful for the care provided by the staff of his group home, the excellent medical care, and the education provided by his teachers and therapists that allowed him to reach his full potential.
Brian loved water play and swimming, tapping blocks together and spending time with his family and his group home staff. He loved licorice, McDonald’s fries and chips. He enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, and his will to live inspired those around him.
Brian is survived by his parents, Michael and Cheryl; four siblings and seven nieces and nephews, Ben Cox of Luverne, and his son, Micah Cox, Elissa (Andrew) Wenthe of Fayette, Iowa, and their children, Annaliese, Juliet, Cormac and Dashel, John (Sadie) Cox of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and their children, Dylan and Owen, and Adam Cox of Luverne; maternal grandparents Virgil and Mary Schutz of Luverne; paternal grandmother Kay Cox of Adrian; many other aunts, uncles and cousins; and the residents and caregivers of his group home in Luverne.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Tom Cox; an aunt and two uncles, Kathleen and Mark Schutz and Don Hoemberg.
Memorials may be directed to the Children’s Miracle Network or the Luverne Area Aquatics Center.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.