Richard “Dick” Lee Fox, age 88, of Villa Park

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 22nd, 2019

FoxAmerican_Flag_1_x1000Richard “Dick” Lee Fox, age 88, of Villa Park, died February 21, 2019 after a short illness.  Richard was the beloved husband of Marlene J. Fox for 67 years.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Sharon Pedersen and son-in-law Carl, grandson Adam (Nikki) and granddaughter Jennifer (Kevin).  Richard will always be remembered by his great grandchildren, Elaina, Clint, Brylee, Nicholas and Elliot.

Richard was born in St. Louis, MO as the only child of Harold and Dolan Fox.  He grew up in Oak Park, IL where he enjoyed spending time at the hardware store with his father.  Summers were spent in Hillsboro, IL on the family farm.

Richard was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Life Scout.  He played the violin, always achieving first chair in the orchestra.  After graduating from Oak Park Township High School in 1948, he enlisted in the IL National Guard and the US Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 126th Medical Group until his honorable discharges in 1952.

While on a weekend pass home from the Air Force, he met Marlene on a blind date. From then on, he drove up to Berwyn, IL from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA each weekend until they were married 3 months later.  After his discharge, he began his career at Marsh and McLennan Insurance Company.  He and Marlene took a brief break from his position to attend California State Polytechnic College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1964. They returned to Chicago and he resumed his position until retiring from Marsh and McLennan as a Vice President in 1992.

After retiring, he volunteered at Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church for many years, working to help maintain the building and overseeing the insurance.  He and Marlene enjoyed many adventures during their life together, and their dedication to the Lord was a guiding presence as they watched their family grow.

Richard will always be remembered for his love of Moose Tracks ice cream, saying “Go Mar Go”, and his quirky sense of humor.

A memorial gathering will be held Monday, February 25, 2019, from 4-8 pm at Brust Funeral Home, 305 S. Princeton Ave, Villa Park, IL.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday 10 am at Brust Funeral Home with internment to follow at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, 4301 W. Roosevelt Rd., Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church, 206 W. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park, IL 60181, 630-834-2650 would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home.  Call 888-629-0094 for information.

 

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