January 28, 2020

Michael W. Cox

Michael W. Cox, 62, of Lincoln, passed into the arms of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, January 24, 2020. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Church, 6201 S 84th St. Lincoln, NE. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mike’s name may be made out to Love Justice or First Street Bible Church.

He was born on October 20, 1957, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Wendell and Nancy Cox. Mike graduated from Central High School in Davenport, class of 1976. Mike then went on to earn a Bachelors in Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in 1980. It was during his time at Augustana College that he met the love of his life, Jill Lindstedt. The two were married on May 31, 1980 in Rockford, IL and enjoyed 38 years together until Jill’s passing in October of 2018.

Mike worked for State Farm Insurance for 28 years, holding various positions throughout the company. In 2011 he began his role as Vice President of Human Resources, Modifications and Team Member Services. He found it a true joy to work at Duncan Aviation and made many lasting friendships in his time there.

He was an exceptional husband, father, and grandfather who guided and served his family with Christ at the center. He was known for his joyful heart, outgoing and friendly personality, and amazing sense of humor.

Mike loved being active and participated in many 5K runs, loved going to work out classes with his friends, and was never afraid to learn a new sport or travel to a new, unknown destination. He recently got into kayaking, paddle boarding, and biking.

Mike was committed to helping those in his local community and others throughout the world. He served on multiple boards throughout the city including, United Way, The Lincoln Crisis Pregnancy Center, HR Board, and the CHI Health Board. It was a passion of his to pursue justice for others throughout the world.

Above all, Mike valued his faith. He always considered it a great gift and joy to be able to serve his church community through singing and playing piano for the worship team, sharing his faith with others, and using his compassionate heart to come along side others in their time of need.

He is dearly loved and will be deeply missed by his mother, Nancy; children, Rachel (Chad) Scheel, Benjamin (Elizabeth) Cox, Bethany Cox, and Faithe (Logan) Pohlmann; siblings, Cindy (Terry) Powers, Tim (Mary) Cox, and Amy (Vio) Cirje; grandchildren, Knox Scheel, Madeline Cox, and Austin Cox; nieces and nephews and countless friends and others who have been impacted by his kindness and blessed by his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, wife, and daughter Rebekah Joy Cox.


  1. Mike was such a kind and fun loving cousin and a joy to be around.
    We know he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
    His family has our deepest sympathy and condolences
    Sincerely. Brenda and Mick Birkhofer
    I am a cousin of Nancy’s

  2. I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Mike. He always pointed me to Christ in his words and actions. In the 17 years I’ve known Mike, I never once heard an ill word pass his lips and never heard a single complaint despite his battle with cancer and loss of his dear wife Jill.

    Mike was like the North Star consistently directing all of his encounters and conversations toward God’s eternal purpose in life. Mike, you finished the race strong! Great job! I’ll miss you but we will see each other again!


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