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Herald Johnston Cox
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1914
Bay View
Skagit County
Washington, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 2001
Ada County
Idaho, USA

'Obituary taken from a newspaper clipping'

Herald Johnston Cox, 87, of Meridian, died Monday, June 25, 2001, at his home of natural causes.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2001, at Meridian United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Meridian Cemetery under the direction of the Chapel of the Chimes, Meridian.

Herald Johnston Cox was born Herald Elton Johnston, on Feb. 16, 1914, in Bay View, Wash., to William Johnston and Zula Mendenhall Johnston. He was an identical twin and one of eight children. Orphaned in 1922, the twins were sent to Idaho and later adopted by Verling & Della Cox. He attended public schools in Greenleaf, Middleton, Barber, and Boise. He paid his way through the College of Idaho by working as a master butcher, graduating in 1938 with a double major in Economics Business Management and Religious Education. Herald joined the 116th Engineer National Guard Band in 1940 in Ft. Lewis, Wash., became Supply Sergeant for Headquarters and Service, helped organize the 161st Airborne Engineers as the 1st Sergeant, and had an overseas tour in the Philippines. He married Helen Bandy on July 13, 1945, and settled in Meridian in 1946 where they raised three children while actively supporting the community for many years. Over a period of 28 years he served as Meridian City Clerk and Finance Officer, Municipal Judge, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Sheriff, and Deputy Assessor. His contributions included implementation of many city services such as public water and sewer, mandatory trash pickup, building ordinances, Planning and Zoning committee, and securing authority to issue drivers licenses and license plates. Herald initiated efforts to make Meridian the first city in Idaho to operate on a cash basis, resulting in significant taxpayer savings. The State of Idaho City Clerks and Finance Officers Association presented him a lifetime membership for his service as their President and for chairing the committee that formed the Idaho cities uniform accounting system. As a member of the Meridian United Methodist Church, he served as Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Building Committee member, Youth Coordinator, Church Board member, and long time choir member. He proposed and became one of the founders of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce in 1947, was the first corresponding secretary, served as Vice President, and received an Honorary Lifetime membership in 1976. He chaired many related committees, including the first community cleanup week. Herald was honored as Meridian Man of the Year and was selected as Distinguished Citizen by the Idaho Daily Statesman. Herald was heavily involved in Boy Scouts since 1949, serving as Cub Master, Scout Master, and Explorer Advisor, including organizing Explorer Post 101. For his scouting service, he received many awards, including the District Golden Tomahawk, Scout Master Key, Wood Badge and Silver Beaver. He served 34 years as a Meridian Volunteer Fireman, including teaching first aid. He was elected to the first board of directors of the Meridian Dairy and Stock show and served as Secretary and Grounds Chairman for many years. He was Vice President of the Dairy Show Board and was instrumental in forming the Meridian Rural Fire District. He was a charter member of the Meridian Athletic Association. He was past Commander, Chaplain, and Service Officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a 50 year member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He received a 50 year award from the Red Cross for years of service and personal blood donations. As master of the Locust Grove Grange, Herald oversaw the planning and construction of their building. He was a member of Meridian AF&AM Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites, and El Korah Shrine. He was twice a Past Patron of the Eastern Star and Associate Guardian of Jobs Daughters. After retirement he and his wife wintered in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona, where he played his saxophone and clarinet in a local band. In recent years, he has resided in the Meridian Sun Bridge Retirement Home. In 1997, he was honored by the dedication of the Herald J. Cox softball field in Storey Park. To make the field more valuable to city youth, he later provided a lighting system for the field. In 1998, Herald funded the Past City Clerks and Mayors memorial on the site of the old Meridian City Hall to recognize those who served the city.

He is survived by his identical twin, Gerald Cox, and a sister, Wilma Cook. A daughter, Barbara E. Sell of Anchorage, Alaska, with husband Scott and children, Scott Jr., Heather and Stephanie; his son, William V. Cox of Branchburg, N.J. with wife Donna and son Christopher.

Herald was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and a daughter, Kathryn Ann.

His life reflected a quote that he identified from Abraham Lincoln: "a man should be proud of the community he lives in and should live in a manner that the citizens would be proud he lives there".

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of the Chimes, Meridian.

***Information provided by Bonnie Ross #47721800 on 08/09/2014***
Family links: 
  William Johnston (1861 - 1918)
  Zula Mendenhall Johnston (1879 - 1922)
  Helen Bandy Cox (1921 - 1996)
  Kathryn Ann Cox Anderson (1953 - 1976)*
  Herald Johnston Cox (1914 - 2001)
  Gerald Johnston Cox (1914 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Meridian Cemetery
Ada County
Idaho, USA
Created by: David M. Habben
Record added: Mar 06, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7236833
Herald Johnston Cox
Added by: Amanda Fox
Herald Johnston Cox
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Herald Johnston Cox
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