William H. “Bill” Fox, age 89, of Vandalia, passed away unexpectedly at 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain in Mexico.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 11 a.m–1:30 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
A Service will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Chapel.
Officiating will be the Rev. Helen McFarland.
Music will be selected favorite songs. Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Pallbearers will be Chad Hoyt, William Paul Fox, James Fox Jr., Harley Fox, Trevin Teacutter, and Westley Denny. Honorary pallbearers are Don Ingram, Ray Oden, and Don Shiveley.
William H. “Bill” Fox was born on September 22, 1925 in Vandalia, Missouri, the son of Harvey Coons and Maggie Sue (Davis) Fox.
He married Ruth Irene Schulze on November 24, 1928 in Vandalia; she preceded him in death on September 5, 2008.
Bill attended Vandalia schools and at the age of 18, joined the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. He enjoyed tinkering and repairing cars and was a self-taught mechanic. After returning from the service, he worked for many years at Virgil Metcalf’s and Herb Jones’ Garages. In the early 1970s, Bill built his own garage and worked on cars and trucks until he retired in 1990. After retirement, Bill enjoyed mowing and working on his old tractors at the farm. He also loved spending time with his family, friends and grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, Billy W. Fox of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; James Michael Fox Sr. and wife Debbie, of Warrenton; Mark A. Fox and wife Patience, of Centralia; one daughter, Becky L. Teacutter and husband Alan, of Columbia; one brother, Delbert Lee Fox and wife Virginia, of Moscow Mills; 14 grandchildren, Chad Hoyt and wife Trish, of Wellsville; Elizabeth Esseltine, of Vicksburg, Michigan; Amanda Reeves and husband Kevin, of Bethany, Oklahoma; William Paul Fox and wife Jamie, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; James M. Fox Jr. and wife Jennifer, of Bowling Green; Harley Fox, of Warrenton; Trina Teacutter, of Millersburg; Tegan Schmidt and husband Jeff, of Washington; Tedra Kelley and husband Chad, of Columbia; Trevin Teacutter, of Columbia; Braxton Denny, Westley Denny, Justin Denny, and Oliver Fox, all of Centralia; also survived by 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; one brother, Edwin “Hank” Fox; one sister, Mildred Montegue, and one great-granddaughter, Kavalyn Kelly.
Memorials are encouraged to the Vandalia United Methodist Church.