Francis J. Fox, age 86 of South Wayne, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on September 29, 1926 in rural Warren, IL; the son of Raymond and Anna (Upmann) Fox. Dad was married to the love of his life Dorothy Ann Hendrickson on June 17, 1947 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gratiot. He lost her on February 5, 2009. He was a farmer all his life, retiring in 1991. He and Dorothy operated Fox's Pioneer Museum on their farm from 1974-1991. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Francis enjoyed woodworking, collecting and sharing his antiques especially blacksmith made hand tools, gardening, flowers, always remembering loved ones with cards & handmade gifts. He had an amazing memory and loved sharing stories of the past. He loved and was proud of each and every member of his family. Dad collected friends throughout the course of his life and treasured them all.
He is survived by 2 sons: Jim (Mary) Fox of La Crosse and John (Janet) Fox of Wiota; 8 daughters: Barbara Stofflet of Boscobel, Linda (W. Chris Hanken) Shultz of Maquoketa, IA, Terri (Mike) Torrisi of Orangeville, IL, Mary Kant of Janesville, Patty (Tom) Staver of Scales Mound, IL, Laurie (Curt) Meier of South Wayne, Debra (Steve) Weber of Platteville and Diane (York) Cherrey of Shullsburg; and special son, Jim (Big Jim) Doherty of Peru, S.A.; 29 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 brothers, Elmer and Cecil; sister, Rose Marie Dower; sons-in-law; Laverne Stauffer and Donald Stofflet, granddaughter-in-law; Amy Stauffer, sisters-in-law; Eileen Weiler and Phyllis Fox, brothers-in-law; Eddie Weiler, Homer Hendrickson, and Bob Dower.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, July 29, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gratiot, with Fr. Joji Reddy celebrating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Gratiot. A visitation will be held Sunday, July 28, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Shriner Hager Gohlke funeral home 1455 Mansion Dr., and 18th Ave Monroe.
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