Roy Allen Fox
WEST DES MOINES – Mass of Christian Burial for Roy Allen Fox, 85, of West Des Moines will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Rosary at 7 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville with military rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Roy Allen Fox was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Oelwein to Dorothy (Tripp) Fox and Roy D. Fox.
His family later moved to Estherville. Roy was the owner of restaurants in Estherville, Buffalo Center, Worthington, Minn., Titonka and finally in Bancroft where he and his family resided for 31 years. Roy served as mayor of Bancroft and was an active businessman in the Bancroft community.
Roy enlisted in the army on March 6, 1943. He served in WW II. He received many service medals and was wounded in action in 1944. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. Roy was honorably discharged on July 18, 1949.
Roy was united in marriage to Rita Mae Neppl on Nov. 4, 1953 in Estherville at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Roy’s hobbies were baking, flower gardening and his grandchildren. He was infamous for his homemade pies and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to bake. In recent history Dad became an avid fisherman with son-in-law Jay Flaws. As all fishing stories go, they caught one BIG fish!! (In their dreams!)
One of the highlights of Roy’s life was a trip back to Europe in 2003 where he revisited Normandy and was able to retrace his steps of D-Day on Omaha Beach.
Those left to cherish Roy’s memories are his wife, Rita Mae; his five children Madeleine Huegerich and husband, Randy, of Willey, Kevin Fox and his wife, Patrice, of Urbandale, Kathy Ubben and her husband, Mike, of Dakota City, Colleen Flaws and her husband, Jay, of Carlisle and Patrick Fox and his wife, Stacey, of Urbandale; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Fox (Mickey) and Rolland Fox and sister, Bette Lunde.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mardelle and Karol; brothers, Robert, Karl and Richard and also grandson Adam Roy Fox.
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