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Raymond Wendell Cox, 69, died March 3, 2010, in Kingsland.

A native of Kendalia, he was a son of Loyes Raymond and Dorothy Mazurek Cox and was born Nov. 3, 1940.

He served in the Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars. After college, he taught welding for three years and was head of the welding department at St. Phillips College for a year.

He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea) and the Navy unit commendation with one Bronze Star. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a machinist. He had started his own business making parts for heavy-equipment repair. He was an avid fisherman in the Highland Lakes and coastal areas.

Survivors include his wife Sandra Smith Cox of Buchanan Dam; daughter and son-in-law Lana Rae and Steve Talbott of Cedar Park; grandson Steven Wendell Talbott of Cedar Park; brother Tracy Louis Cox of Beeville; sister Mary Eloise “Ciscie”Crews of Buchanan Dam; and nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A visitation is 10:30 a.m. March 13 at Putnam Funeral Home & Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008.

Graveside services are noon at the Bluffton Cemetery in Bluffton, with the Highland Lakes Honor Guard and the Rev. Dwayne Edwards officiating.

Donations may be made to the UBS Bank account No. AJ36174 of the Steven Wendell Talbott College Fund. An online guest register is available at