Steven “Steve” Lane Cox

Steven “Steve” Lane Cox, born July 12, 1955 in Excelsior Springs, MO, to Gene and Imogene Cox, passed on April 26, 2022 at 4:20 p.m. in Lawson, MO, at the age of 66 surrounded by his friends and family.

Steve is survived by his two children, daughter, Angela (Bobby) Kern, and son, Dakota (Desirae) Cox. Steve had three granddaughters that were the light of his life, Sydney Cox, Cali Cox and Makenzie Pack. Steve was also survived by his two siblings, brother, Tommy (Penny) Cox, and sister, Mary McDonagh. Steve had countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends that he loved unconditionally.

Steve was preceded in death by his father and mother, his beloved sister, Margo Gene Eckersley, and his oldest nephew, Steven Curtis Walden.

Steve worked in home construction doing siding, roofing, guttering and really anything in home repair or construction. Steve was a hard worker and an even harder adventurer. In the spring you could find him wandering through any wooded area with a south facing hill and dead maple or elm trees searching for morel mushrooms that he would find in gallons to share with friends and family and on good hunting days he would profit a little! When that season passed, he was somewhere on a riverbank fishing for river cats or flatheads or yanking a snag line down his secret spot. Anyone you talk to would tell you, if you wanted a profitable amount of morel mushrooms or the best spot to catch that bragger of a fish, talk to Cox.

Steve was cherished by his family and friends, he was the first one to stick up for anyone that he felt was wronged. He loved to laugh and to make everyone around him laugh even if it meant getting in a little trouble over it. He was everyone’s friend whether he really knew you or not! He was tough enough to fight a man if he felt it had come to that but tender enough to cry with someone he loved, a unique trait he possessed that will be carried on through the lives he blessed.

Steve’s life will be celebrated with a fish fry at Watkins Mill Lake around his birthday, his favorite time of the year. The tentative date will be July 9, 2022. This will be open to anyone that would like to come by and remember Steve. Details regarding the Celebration of Steven’s Life will updated at

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

Gone to young cousin Steve, but I know your in good company now and no more suffering.  Angela and Dakota, I am so sorry you and the Grandkids lost him so soon in life, but I am thankful for the memories he left you.
Rest easy Steve, until we see you again.
Linda (Ehrhardt) Butler

So young so sad but he was needed somewhere else . Keith and Steve were friends for lots of years fishing and mushroom hunting together ! Always laughing ! Always ready for a good time ! We have so many memories with Steve ! Hated to see you go my friend but we’ll meet again
Love to the Cox Family
Keith and Kathy Coleman