Calvin Glen Cox II

Calvin Glen Cox II, age 19, of Wadsworth, went home to Jesus December 9th, 2014, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, surrounded by family. He bravely battled NUT Midline Carcinoma, an extremely rare and fatal, adolescent lung cancer in non-smokers. Calvin was born March 19th, 1995 in Lake Forest, the third child of Calvin and Susan Cox. He attended College of Lake County pursuing a double major in Chemical Engineering and Music. He received “Semester Honors for Academic Excellence” for each semester at CLC and was in his fourth semester. Calvin had a beautiful voice and sang many genres. He was a member of the College of Lake County Choir, the Music Source Professional Rock and Roll Band and in a metal band with friends. He was an accomplished musician, accompanying his self with guitar and keyboard. He enjoyed classical, rock, and his favorite band “Iron Maiden” concerts. Calvin received “Renaissance Man Award” from teachers for his versatility. He wrote poetry, stories, music and acted in plays. His works were published in a school magazine. He was a lifelong tinkerer, delighting us with his contraptions and alternative ways of doing things. Cal had a keen sense of duty and carried his weight in every organization he joined. He was the secretary of the Psychology Club at CLC and received the Silver Circle of Achievement Award for his contributions to the club. A gentle soul, Cal conducted his life in a caring manner. He completed the American Red Cross program to help if needed in CPR and First Aid. He received a “Recognition Award” for his service to The N.E. Farmsteads growing vegetables for the food pantry. An animal lover, he received a “Recognition Award” from the Humane Society for caring for cats at the shelter. He lifted weights daily and was extremely strong. His other activities include Yoga, running 5 K races for charity, and snowboarding in the Green Mountains of New Hampshire. He was a member of the Warren High School Wrestling Team and also enjoyed archery, target shooting, fishing and Tai Kwon Do. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “It is not the length of life that counts but the depth.” In his short time Cal fathomed the depths of a life well lived. Calvin is sadly missed by his parents, Calvin and Susan; sisters, Kjersten, Susanne and Alyssa; grandmother, Vivian Gwaltney; a host of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Russell Gwaltney; grandparents, Darius and Evelyn Cox; and cousin, Keith Cox. Please join the family for a visitation and memorial service Saturday, December 20 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5110 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL. 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pastor Ben Squires will officiate a celebration of Calvin’s life. Donations can be made to Bethel Lutheran Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium(www.strangfuneral.org) (847)223-8122.

2 Responses to Calvin Glen Cox II

  • Lee Ann Frank Olson says:

    Dear Cal and Sue and family,

    My heart breaks for you as you say your last earthly goodbyes to your precious Cal. Life is so fragile and I know your faith will see you through. I love hearing how Cal was so active at CLC and how he provided great joy in the community. He will be missed and it is my privilege to pray for each one of you. And thinking back to our friendships, Sue I will always be grateful for your kindness at my a Dad’s funeral as you took care of one of our girls – little and tired at the time. What a huge heart you have! Take good care if one another. If you ever need to get away know our door is open in Yorkville.

    Blessings, peace, and love,

    Lee Ann Frank Olson

  • Susan Cox says:

    Hi Leanne,

    Thank you so much for the kind thoughts. Cal is now going to be a part of CLC history. They are planting a tree in his honor as sponsored by the Psychology Club which he loved.You left your mark on CLC as did our generation and our parents. We are proud of how much he did in such a short time on earth.I left you a link to legacy.com where you can see Cal perform at CLC and see his picture as a young man. Our families are together in heaven waiting for us to join. Take care.
    Sue and Cal