John L. Fox
86, Shelbyville, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013. He was born September 26, 1926 in Shelby County, Marion Township, Indiana to Wray M. Fox and Thelma B. (Fair) Fox.
He was a 1944 graduate of Fairland High School and Purdue University studying Agriculture.
In 1936, John began his involvement in the purebred livestock business by purchasing two Poland China hogs for 4-H. It was the beginning of a very successful swine operation. As Mr. Fox became a leader in purebred production, he incorporated Hampshire hogs into his operation.
John exhibited purebred hogs all over the state and country. He won numerous awards including Grand Champions, with his quality Hampshires and Poland Chinas. Mr. Fox was the first winner of the Grand Champion Carcass at the International in Chicago and exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion at the show. At the Indiana State Fair, his achievements included: the Grand Champion Barrow, Carcass and Pen of Three.
One of his greatest accomplishments was in 1954. John exhibited the Grand Champion Barrow over All Breeds (with a Poland China named "Spout") at the Ohio, Illinois and Indiana State Fairs. No other producer repeated that feat.
John L. Fox played a vital role in promoting and producing purebred livestock. He also served agriculture and his community in many leadership roles. The following are some of the activities: Director on Board of National Poland China Association, Indiana Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development, Indiana State Fair Board (served as Treasurer and President), Director of Indiana Livestock Breeders Association, President and Secretary of Indiana Poland China Association, Vice-President of Indiana Hampshire Association, President of Shelby County Rural Youth, President of Shelby County 4-H Advisory Council, President of Shelby County Extension Board, Vice President of Shelby County Farm Bureau, President of Shelby County Purdue Ag Alumni, Chairman of Farmfest for Shelby County.
His awards and honors include: Purdue University Livestock Hall of Fame, Indiana State Fair Lifetime pass for exhibiting 50 years, Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana's Highest Honor), Honorary Indiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Distinguished Purdue Ag (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1956 and Shelby County Jaycee's Outstanding Young Farmer.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013 in Asbury Cemetery, Morristown, Indiana, with Pastor Gwen Pew. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty United Methodist Church and Shelby County 4-H Advisory Council in care of the funeral home.
He enjoyed Purdue sports and the Indianapolis Colts.
He was preceded in death by parents, Wray M. Fox and Thelma B. (Fair) Fox and daughter, Mara Fox.
Survivors include wife, Wanda L. (Pollitt) Fox, of Shelbyville, IN; children, John C. (wife Karen) Fox, Shelbyville, Melina Fox (husband Robert White), Greensburg, Jana (husband Ted) Everhart, Shelbyville; sister, Betty Rose Nelson, Shelbyville; grandchildren, Ted F. Everhart, Matthew Wray Fox, Justin Fox, Vanessa Stewart and Trisha Ann Fox; great-grandchildren, Jimmy Gruss, Nathan Everhart and Claire Fox.