Fox, James E.
With family by his side, James Edward Fox, 69, of Berlin passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, July 17, following a courageous battle against cancer.
A lifelong member of the Berlin community, Jim was born on September 14, 1943, in Wisconsin Rapids, the second-oldest of eight children raised by the late Edward and Helen Fox. Along with his brothers and sisters, Jim completed his schooling in his hometown, graduating from Berlin High School in 1961.
Upon graduating from high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Army
Reserve, completing his basic training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Serving his country at home as well as in western Europe and southeast Asia, Jim advanced to the rank of Specialist Fourth Class before receiving his honorable discharge from military service on October 31, 1966. A paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division who successfully completed The Airborne School coursework and training on May 11, 1961, Jim earned a number of honors and decorations during his career with the military, including the Parachutist Badge, Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle), Second Class Gunner (Light Machine Gun) Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal.
A longtime employee of Goodrich Home Furnishings, Jim spent much of his post-military career working in his hometown. He spent the last several years working in Oshkosh, most recently enjoying a part-time position at Fleet Farm, where he enjoyed the camaraderie with co-workers and customers as much as the work. During his career, Jim also helped to establish a successful real estate agency, Fox Realty, which conducted business out of his former Spring Street residence before relocating to downtown Berlin.
Although unable to play in recent years, Jim had for many years enjoyed spending his leisure time on the golf course. A longtime member at Mascoutin Golf Club, Jim became a Thursday regular on his hometown course along with many of his closest friends.
Jim is survived by many loving friends and family members, including his wife, Denise, of Berlin; his son, Shannon (Janell) of Appleton; his son, Jason (Tammie) of Winneconne; and grandchildren Lilianna, Alexis, Everett and Layne Fox, all of Winneconne. Surviving siblings include Patricia (the late Allen) Catencamp of Huntley, IL; Janice (Kent) Thompson of Muskego; Edward (Colleen) Fox of Wisconsin Dells; Kathy (Thomas) Filsinger of Germantown; Nancy (Donald) Burling of Stevens Point; Edward (Colleen) Fox of Wisconsin Dells; and Michael Fox of Berlin.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Shannon's twin sister, Kellie Marie Fox. Jim was also preceded in death by an adopted daughter, Michelle Fox Simmons, helping to raise her along with her older siblings David Lynk, Robert Lynk and Pat Boeck.
A memorial service in Jim's honor will be held at Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home in Berlin this Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Jerome Maksvytis officiating.
Friends and family will gather to remember Jim and share those memories with one another from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Funeral Home, Per Jim's wishes a toast in his memory will follow the inurnment at Saint Stanislaus Cemetery where all are invited to the Berlin VFW
Cremation has taken place, and inurnment of Jim's cremains will take place at the St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Berlin, near the final resting place of his daughter following the Memorial Service at the Funeral Home with full Military Honors provided by the Berlin V.F.W.
Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John R. Wiecki-
Skipchak Funeral Home
116 S. Adams Ave.
Berlin, WI 54923