Dennis was born to C. Richard and Anna Lorraine (Born) Cox in Topeka, KS on April 14, 1953. The family moved to Maryland where he was raised and graduated in 1972 from Dulaney High School, as a state wresting champ. After graduating he joined the US Air Force. He served as military police and was stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, where he met and married his first wife, Margo Nielsen. They had 3 children and soon after divorced while living in Loveland, CO. He later married Loretta Bowman on May 24, 1996 in Manhattan, KS where he lived a happy and fulfilled life.
Dennis had a variety of passions that directed his several career paths he enjoyed through the years, including rodeo cowboy, musician, rancher, and most recently dog trainer and German-Shepherd breeder. He was also an entrepreneur, having a few small businesses in his lifetime, one of which was his primary business, Sarge’s Electric, which he retired from as a Master Electrician. He loved to share God’s love with others, particularly those who were in prison, so he became an ordained pastor. He set-up and ran a non-profit prison ministry, Break Free Ministries, which served Kansas, Nebraska and Ghana. He preached, led Bible Studies, wrote letters, mentored, and helped transition inmates back into society. Also, Dennis will be remembered by the inmates he served, as well as his many friends and family, for his love to praise and worship Jesus through music. He was very talented and played many instruments including the guitar, harmonica, piano and spoons, as well as wrote some original music.
Preceding him in death is his mother, sister Janet, and brother Brian. He is survived by his loving wife Loretta, his father, and siblings Theresa, Rich, Cheryl, Gary, Christine, and Diane. He is also survived by his three children, Elisha (Jon) Rentfrow, Andrew (Liza) Cox, William (Connie) Cox and 12 grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at University Christian Church. Reception to follow afterwards for family and friends. Private inurnment will be held at a later date in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to Loretta Cox with Break Free Minstries in the memo line. A collective donation will be made in Dennis’ honor. Please mail to P.O. Box 62, Manhattan, KS 66505
The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com