The Reverend Frederick I. Fox
1948 - 2018
The Reverend Frederick I. Fox

Chillicothe - The Reverend Frederick I. Fox, 69, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at The James Ohio State University Hospital after suffering a heart attack on April 1, 2018, Easter Sunday, just hours after preaching his final sermon.

Born July 17, 1948 in Coshocton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Clarence G. Fox and Vera (Stickle) Fox. Surviving are cousins Mary Anne (James) Williamson, of Warsaw, Ohio; Charles (Lois) Fox, of Danville, Ohio; Beverly (Chuck) Carrier, of Galion, Ohio; and Edwin (Betty) Fox, of Coshocton, Ohio.

Rev. Fox was the pastor at First Wesleyan Church in Chillicothe for forty-five years, where he grew a dwindling church into a thriving community of people devoted to God.

After graduating from Marion College in Marion, In. and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., he arrived in Chillicothe in 1973. Chillicothe would never be the same.

Inspired by the love of His Heavenly Father, Fred's love and influence was felt deep and wide throughout the community. He enjoyed connecting with people at the Ross County Fair—whether at Bennett and Wilbur's Fish and Tenderloin Stand or the 4-H livestock sales. He was a longtime supporter of Southeastern Panther basketball and other youth events throughout the community.

Fred was always up for a game of cards, where his competitive spirit was most evident. He thoroughly enjoyed taking trips to Myrtle Beach, where he loved to read and spend time with others. He often opened his home and provided a listening ear to those who were in need.

Pastor Fred died peacefully surrounded by loved ones when he arrived to his eternal home. Heaven will never be the same.

A memorial fund will be set up in Pastor Fred's honor. Memorial donations may be made to First Wesleyan Church - Chillicothe, P.O. Box 10.

A memorial service will take place Sunday April 8, 2018 at 4pm at Southeastern High School located at 2003 Lancaster Rd. Chillicothe, Ohio. A meal will be provided immediately following the service. He will be laid to rest at South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton, Ohio at a later date.

Published by Chillicothe Gazette on Apr. 6, 2018.
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Memorial service
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2003 Lancaster Rd., Chillicothe, OH
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My deepest condolences to the family and friends. Reverend Fox was a Godly, loving and caring man. He will be sorely missed.
Pam McGraner
April 20, 2018
So sorry he is gone heaven truly gained another great person he was so nice good memories of him
Kacey Myers
April 7, 2018
Still can not believe that I won't have lunch with you at Nancy's fish stand this year as we always did! How I will miss you dear friend! So many wonderful memories of card games, weddings, bible study, Sunday mornings and most of all you spending so many holiday dinners with our family! It is such a comfort now knowing that you can see again and are enjoying seeing Jesus face to face! Until we meet again and we will ......
Barbie Mees
Barbie Mees
April 7, 2018
Blessed to have grown up in this church (with Fred at the helm) knowing the Truth and power of the Word of God. Thanks for all the years of teaching and preaching, Fred. I know you are now a part of that great cloud of witnesses...may you see the legacy you have left behind for Christ!
Kerri (Curtis) Chaney
April 7, 2018
Fred was considered part of our family and will be missed, but will see you again my friend.L
Lisa Bridenbaugh/Miller
April 7, 2018
"We loved you Pastor Fred"!!
The Watters & Williams Family
Lisa, Kelsey, Lyle & Collin
Lisa Clark-Williams
April 6, 2018
Fred was always there for us. Always checking in to see how we were doing. He was true and dear friend. Rest In Peace. We will truly miss you.
Frank & Bev Higley
April 6, 2018
I will always remember Fred. He came to Chillicothe when I was just 3yrs old and the church folk weren't too sure of him with his shorts and long hair. But he not only became their leader, but a member of each and every family. I feel as if I've lost a relative, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Fred was a beautiful person full of humanity and kindness. I will miss his smile and his jokes. "Good night, Sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to they rest."
Karen Lancaster
April 6, 2018
Tisha Bradford
April 6, 2018
Hobart and Martha Harris
April 6, 2018
Fred was a great man and an amazing influence on people. He will always be in our hearts. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth." "Yea", said the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." Revelations 14:13
Tristan Lancaster
April 6, 2018
That I am sitting in my office at Fred's alma mater as a professor of history is in many ways due to Fred Fox. That I have a scandalous view of the love of God for wretched sinners is largely due to Fred Fox. I will treasure the memories of this extraordinary man. I love you Fred. Thanks.

Mark Smith - Marion, IN
April 6, 2018
Freddie and I graduated from River View High School in 1966. Freddie and his parents lived just over the hill from us for a while. He was a kind man. Chillicothe will miss him...
Jim Roberts
April 6, 2018
Welcome Home my good a faithful servant. Heaven definitely will not be the same, you are truly one of a kind. I have as I know so many in the community have so many fond memories of you. Go Rest High on that Mountain. Love and prayers for many that grief the loss of such a wonderful man of God, and a friend to many. Thank you for changing my life for the better. Love you and until we meet again.
Jeannie Brown
April 6, 2018
Well Fred! You made it home, truly home. Your loved ones here on earth prayed you safely there and your loved ones in Heaven welcomed you upon arrival. You were never alone. I hope you felt the love.
Nancy Wilbur
April 6, 2018
Fred was one of a kind. remembering all the Bible studies I attended. Always laughing, but serious about his teachings. He will be missed. He touched so many lives. Thank you.
Carmen Bias
April 6, 2018
Carmen Bias
April 6, 2018
I remember riding home from one of the beach trips with Fred right after I had graduated from high school. I remember stopping at Cracker Barrel for breakfast, just me and Fred. I knew him my whole life. He was an extended member of our family. Rest easy, friend.
Bethany (Smith) Cole
April 6, 2018
I will miss Fred greeting us on Sunday mornings. He was a truly great man in our church and in the community. He will be missed but there is comfort in knowing that he's home ❤❤❤
April 5, 2018
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Missy Barbee
April 5, 2018
I'm so glad to have known you , Fred. You've had such an impact on so many lives. I remember the first time coming to hear you and knowing I had found a church home.
Roxanne Poe
April 5, 2018
Thanks Fred, you were truly, "One of a kind!" You were loved by so many! My heart is hurting, but I know you are rejoicing in heaven with God. Go Rest high on the Mountain, your work on earth is done, go to heaven shouting, love for the Father and the Son. I will miss you ....
Marlene Collins
April 5, 2018
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