Dr. Fred Hecox, 88 - July 01, 2013Dr. Fred W. Hecox, 88, of Cozad passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
Memorial services will take place on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad with the Rev. Elaine Besthorn officiating. A private family burial will take place at the Cozad Cemetery prior to the service.
A visitation will be conducted on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad.
Hecox was born Oct. 11, 1924, at Cozad to Dr. Rexford A. and Margaret R. (Janssen) Hecox. He graduated from Cozad High School in 1942.
He followed in his father’s footsteps and pursued a career in dentistry, attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was president of his senior class and a two-year letterwinner for the Huskers in basketball. He then went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska Dental School.
On Aug. 1, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Boettcher at Columbus. In 1958, the couple moved to San Diego where they lived while he was serving with the U.S. Navy.
The family moved to Cozad in 1951, where Dr. Hecox joined his father with the family dental practice and his wife cared for their three children.
In 1964, Dr. Hecox and his father established the Cozad Dental Clinic at its present location on E Street.
Hecox was an active member of his community throughout his career in Cozad, having served on the school board for 13 years at numerous capacities including president, secretary and treasurer. He was a member of the Cozad Chamber of Commerce for nearly 40 years, and active with the Cozad Elks Lodge No. 2250, the Rotary Club, Masons, and had served on the Airport Authority Board as well.
He was inducted into the Cozad Community Hospital Health Care Hall of Fame in October of 2006. In addition to his civic service, he was also active in the Nebraska Dental Association on both the state and district levels. He had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cozad for over 50 years, and had served as both an elder and trustee.
Hecox enjoyed playing bridge, Husker football, hunting, golfing, gardening and travelling, according to family members, as well as spending time with family at their Jeffrey Lake cabin. An active life never kept him from his highest priorities, family and God. He was incredibly proud to have served his country and carried a deep sense of patriotism throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Marilyn, in November of 2012; a sister, Orvene Welden; brother, Donald Hecox.
Survivors include: his two daughters—Teresa (Jim) Lambrechts of Westminster, CO, and Catherine Kissel of Kearney; his son, Dr. Michael (Dawn) Hecox of Cozad; seven grandchildren—Gina (Jeff) Denton, Darcy (Quincy) Week, Cody (Brittany) Kissel, Christopher (Linda) Lambrechts, Dr. Ashton (Sara) Hecox, Tarron Hecox and Cullon Hecox; three great-grandchildren—Kyle, Evan and Riley.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.