Charles Ray Fox died Monday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2008, at Highgate Senior Living at the age of 91.
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Born in Lexington, Ohio, on Sept. 23, 1917, to John Fox and Arinda Fogle, he finished high school and attended two years of college in Columbus, studying accounting.
He met Dorothy Marquis in Pasadena, Calif., and they married on Sept. 6, 1944, in Bozeman.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Charles was drafted into the Army Air Corps and became a commissioned officer and bombardier on a Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber. While stationed in the South Pacific islands, Charles flew 31 missions mostly dropping bombs on Japan until the war's end. Even in his later years, he remembered and talked about those experiences in vivid detail. Until 2005, Charles also attended many of his annual B-29 Squadron reunions.
Charles was a member and served in various capacities in the Camera Club, Garden Club, Presbyterian Church, M-Bar Investments and Gallatin Sheep Association. Charles was very busy with his own photography business developing film and duplicating slides for many years. He retired from the business office at Montana State University in 1982.
Charles was always willing to help anyone he could. He was a family man and enjoyed picnicking and hiking in the Hyalite and Gallatin Canyon areas. He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling in their Holiday Rambler.
Charles was well liked and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 1995.
He is survived by his two daughters, Carol Lynne (Mrs. Bob) McCormick of Stevensville, and Joyce Elaine (Mrs. John) Statton of Lynnwood, Wash.; granddaughter, Debbie (Mrs. Mike) Donaty, and great-granddaughter, Katelyn, of Camano Island, Wash.; grandsons, James "Mark" Parmly of Newburg, Ore., Chris (Erin) Statton and great-grandson, Andrew of Mulkiteo, Wash., and Jeff Statton of Monroe, Wash.; sisters, EllaJane Fry of Belleville, Ohio, Opal Hurst of Illinois; brother-in-law, Donald R. "Jack" Marquis (Bonnie); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside memorial at Sunset Cemetery. A procession will be leaving from Dahl Funeral Home to the gravesite. Meet at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3.
Memorials may be made to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715.
Condolences to the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2008