|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1917|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 2008|
Eau Claire County
Norman Henry Fox, 90, of Altoona passed away Jan. 16, 2008, at Oakwood Villa in Altoona.
Norman was born in New Haven, Iowa, on Oct. 20, 1917, to Mathias and Martha (Gilles) Fox. At age 9, his family moved to a farm near Spooner. He joined the Wisconsin National Guard and graduated from Spooner High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1941. Norman served the duration of Word War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. At that time, he returned to New Haven, Iowa, and became co-owner of a farm machinery and repair shop. On Feb. 12, 1947, Norman married Yvonne Helfter in St. Peter's Catholic Church in New Haven, Iowa. Together they raised nine children. In 1948, the couple purchased a farm in Spooner, where they raised turkeys and sheep. In 1955, they moved their family to a suburb of Denver, where Norman became employed in the construction trade. In 1956, he began working in the missile industry, particularly with ICBMs. He relocated a number of times while involved in the missile industry, including to the states of Colorado, Alaska, New Mexico and Mississippi. His last work in the missile industry was at Cape Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the vertical assembly building, where all the Saturn missile stages were assembled and moved to the firing pad, putting the first man on the moon. In 1970, Norman left the missile industry. Following Hurricane Camille, Norman worked for HUD as an inspector for rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast, until the program ended. In June 1972, the family relocated to Eau Claire to be closer to their adult children. He became employed as a sawyer for Menards until retirement in February 1983. In 1981, they purchased a book cover business, which they operated from their home until 1993. In his retirement, Norman enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping and woodworking.
Norman and Yvonne raised four sons, Dennis (Janet), David (Jeanne), Martin (Lauri) and Karl (Kirsten) Fox; and five daughters, Patricia (Fred) DeForge, Elaine Kemerer, Belinda (Larry) Wood, Mary (Duane) Arneson and Angela (Mark) Johnson. They have 38 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, as well as two step-great-grandchildren.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister; and his son-in-law, Gary Kemerer.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his children; as well as his sisters, Leone Fox and Mary Leazer.
Norman and Yvonne would like to thank St. Joseph's Hospice and Oakwood Villa for the wonderful care and concern during his illness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Altoona. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel in Altoona where there will be a 7 p.m. rosary. Friends may also call on Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Eau Claire, at a later date.
Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel is serving the family.
Mathias Joseph Fox (1880 - 1973)
Martha Mary Gilles Fox (1890 - 1981)
Marion Christian Fox (1910 - 1910)*
Bernard Frank Fox (1911 - 1997)*
Garland Fox (1913 - 2007)*
Rose Mary Fox Leazer (1915 - 2008)*
Norman Henry Fox (1917 - 2008)
Lorrine Catherine Fox VanBuskirk (1919 - 2004)*
Leone Fox (1919 - 2012)*
Christian William Fox (1928 - 1997)*
Saint Patricks Cemetery
Eau Claire County
Maintained by: DM Scott
Originally Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Jan 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24030436