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Memorial for John Marion Fox

Born in Hemet, California on Oct. 8, 1925
Departed on Oct. 1, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon.

John Marion Fox died peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 92.
John was the first born to Jack and Carrie Fox in Southern California . The first of their seven children. He was a teenage combat Marine during WWII, fighting in the Pacific theater of operations. He then graduated from Brownsville, Oregon high school where he met his first wife, Glenda Isom. They had four children Jeffrey, Debbie, Gregory, and Terry Sue. He married his second wife, Vonda Falk, in 1960. John and Vonda were inseparable for almost sixty years.
John was a shy, simple man of few words. He worked hard his whole life, excelled at the art of gardening and shared his vegetable bounty with everyone. He loved fishing, camping, hunting, professional wrestling, a good meal (that man could eat), and the Oregon State Beavers. But his pride and joy were his three surviving adult children.
An honored veteran, a good neighbor, a devoted husband, and a gruff personality who never boasted, lied, or was dishonest. Under that gruffness was a man who would literally give you the shirt off his back if you were in need. In his twilight years he bonded deeply with his kids and brought much joy and love to their lives. He was also an honored veteran who sacrificed deeply for his country at a tender age. The life-long effects of that sacrifice were somewhat healed with an honor flight to Washington DC in October of 2014, where he received much love and respect. He also received honors by participating in the annual Veterans Day parade in Albany, Oregon in the last few years of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Vonda, brothers William (Carol), Glen (Joanne), Clifford (Gloria), and sister Pearl (Claire). His children Debbie (Ed), Gregory, and Terry. Grandchildren Matthew (Falin), Lindsey (Colin), and Ian (Shelly). And five great-grandchildren (Brody, Oliver, Mila, Leia, and Alice). His parents, brothers Carl and Roy, son Jeffrey, and granddaughter Suzanne preceded him in death.
John never liked the spotlight, so at John’s request, no services are planned. Gifts in his memory can be donated to your local chapter of the non-profit Honor Flight organization for veterans and/or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany, Oregon.
John died feeling loved and giving love in his own unique way. We will miss his unique spirit.

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