Roger Arnold Fox, 99, of Clarence, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Clarence Nursing Home of congestive heart failure.
Roger was born March 1, 1917, in Wheatland, Iowa, to Arnold Henry Fox and Mona Evelyn (Thompson) Fox. He attended and graduated from Wheatland High School. He married Dorothy S. Gade on May 17, 1943, at what is now Zion UCC Church in Lowden.
Soon after graduating from high cchool, Roger started a produce business in his hometown, serving customers in a wide area. In 1942, he was inducted into the Army and served in the Air Corps at Rackheath Air Base northeast of Norwich, England, as a first lieutenant. The men working for him were responsible for the maintenance and arming of 16 B-24s during the European campaign.
After the war, Roger returned to his produce business, which he closed in the 1950s. From there he worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa for a while before being hired as a purchasing agent at the VA hospital in Iowa City. Later he transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal, continuing his career as purchasing agent until his retirement in 1977. After retirement, he became active in woodworking, while maintaining an apple orchard at his home.
His survivors include his daughter, Lynn Fox (Jill Hoover) of West Branch; son, Mark (Beth) Fox of Lowden; grandchildren, Ian (Carey) Fox of Cedar Rapids, Carrie (Will) Hobbs of Chicago and Laura (Andy) Werling of Muscatine. Roger's pride and joy were his great-grandchildren, Stella Fox, Zoe Fox, Abigail Fox, Rowan Fox, Arden Werling, Nile Werling, Vivian Hobbs and Alexander Hobbs. He also is survived by a sister-in-law, Beulah Gade of Wheatland; several nephews; and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, in September 1994; his sister, Hazel Muller, and brother-in-law, Kenneth Muller; and brothers-in law, Fred Gade Jr. and Hubert Gade.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, where the funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, Ill.
Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Lowden Rescue.
Condolences and tributes may be left at www.fryfuneralhome.com.