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Obituary ~ Leonard Gamaliel "Gamal" Cox
December 01, 1921 ~ September 05, 2006

Leon Journal-Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
after September 5, 2006


COX, Leonard Gamaliel, 84, of Norwalk, Iowa, formerly of Davis City, Iowa died Tuesday, September 5, 2--6 at Iowa Methodist Medical in Des Moines. Funeral services were held at the Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon September 9 with Rev. Max Carmichael and Mike Taylor officiating. Burial was in the Leon Cemetery, Leon, Iowa.


Leonard Gamaliel Cox, age 84 of Norwalk, Iowa, the son of Stephen Leonard and Rosa Mae [Bruner] Cox, was born December 1, 1921, at Davis City, Iowa. He died at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, September 5, 2006.

Gamal, as he was known graduated from Davis City High School in 1939. He then farmed in Decatur County, Iowa until 1949. He enjoyed raising cows and calves. He married Ruby Jane Rumley on March 17, 1941, in Leon, Iowa. In September 1943 son, Leonard W. Cox, blessed this union.

The family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota so Gamal could attend bible college there for three years. They then came back to Leon where he pastored Bethel Church and then First Baptist Church, too. In the spring of 1961 Gamal and Ruby moved to Des Moines. He started working security at John Deere Manufacturing. He retired from there in 1988, which gave him more time to devote to his passion - working for the church. He worked at both grace Church and Grace West in the Des Moines area. Gamal was a faithful servant who always put others first.

Besides raising their own son, Gamal and Ruby took four foster children, Charles, Bob, Linda, and Wanda, into their home and raised them until adulthood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Ruby on May 16, 1990; brothers Clifford and an infant; and sister Hazel Warner.

Survivors include his son Leonard W. Cox and wife Nancy of Norwalk, Iowa; three granddaughters: Stacy Croy and Jamie Loffredo, both of Norwalk and Danielle Luce of Des Moines; five great grandchildren; his foster children and their families; sister-in-law Eloise Cox of Leon; Ruby's brother, Austin Rumley and wife Gladys of Leon; Ruby's sister Hazel Christensen and husband Don of Leon; and other relatives and friends.

Submission by Curtis, October 4, 2007