Richard Fox

Fox, Richard "Dick' Jerome

Richard "Dick" Jerome Fox, 81, of Onalaska, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. He was born at home in Osseo, Wisconsin, on May 11, 1931, to Perry J. and Agnes (Peterson) Fox. He grew up in Osseo until he was seven, when the family moved to Spring Creek outside of Black River Falls. Dick went to the Spring Creek School and his teacher was Ruby Stamstad. He went to Black River Falls High School, riding with neighbors Richard and Mary Olson, graduating in 1950. After graduation he went to work at the Dairy State Supermarket in Black River Falls and later to the A&P store in La Crosse.

Dick married Marilyn Hagen at the Evangelical Lutheran Church on March 31, 1951. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1951, training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served overseas for 16 months in Korea with the Second Armored Division during that conflict, honorably discharged as Sgt. 1st class.

After his discharge, he and Marilyn moved to La Crosse and he was employed at Trane Company. Later moving to Onalaska and joining First Lutheran Church. This was the time when fishing and hunting was the way to spend time away from work. Every deer hunting season found him hunting with his brothers in the Osseo area.

Dick stayed with Trane Company until 1969, when he moved to the Wausau area, working for the Arndt Adjustment Company. During his years at Wausau, he worked as an insurance adjuster for several companies; Foremost Ins. Co., Hawkeye Ins.Co., Stettin Ins. Co., and retiring from Rural Ins. Co. in 1993. During this time he was active in the adjuster's association, serving as its president. He was also active in the Moose Organization and the Elks.

Upon retirement in 1993, he and Marilyn returned to Onalaska. They resided at Hidden Harbor, Lauderdale Place and enjoyed many outings on the river in their pontoon boat and also in their little paddle boat. Fishing was a sport of enjoyment.

In 1994, the Foxes decided the winters didn't have to be part of their life style and moved part time to Mesa, Arizona. They enjoyed many years at Fountain of the Sun. Swimming, playing cards, and biking became part of his life for six months every year. The people of the area were friendly and those met will be lifelong friends.

In 2006, the Arizona condo was sold and the Foxes returned to Wisconsin full time. Because of some health problems, hunting and fishing gave way to card playing at he Onalaska Legion.

Richard is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Dessree (Kevin) Hart, Debra (Rick) Love, and Marsha (Mark) Larson; son, Jeffery (Ruth Ann); granddaughters, Amanda Hart, Marissa (Art) Rebischke, Heather (Charlie) Salley, Amanda (Scott) Kavajecz, and Jeanna (Ira) Milton; grandson, Eric (Dani) Larson; great-grandsons, Nathan Kavajecz, Ryan and Jason Salley, Isaiah and Isaac Milton, and Jack Rebischke; great-granddaughters, Mara Rebischke ans Veda Larson; a brother, William (Martha) Fox and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Ralph "Mick" and Perry "Bud" Fox; sister Doris Thorud; and an infant brother, Norman Fox.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at First Lutheran Church, 410 Main Street, Onalaska. The Reverend Ted Dewald will officiate and burial will be in Black River Falls at a later date. Family and friends may call at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Lutheran Church, Onalaska or Gundersen Lutheran Hospice Program.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dickinson Family

Funeral Home

1425 Jackson Street

La Crosse, WI. 54601

phone: 608.784.0135

fax: 608.784.0126

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 21, 2012