OBITUARY

Charles F Fox

October 8, 1923January 8, 2021

On Friday, January 8, 2021, Charles F. Fox, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 97 at Lutheran Haven in Oviedo, Florida. Dr. Fox was born on October, 8, 1923 in Columbus, Indiana, to Frank and Pearl Fox. He grew up in Grammer, Indiana and attended Columbus High School, graduating in1942. During his high school and early college years, he played the clarinet and saxophone and had a swing band that performed in local clubs. He attended Hanover College until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 during World War II. During his service he attended trainings in different regions of the United States. At the end of the war he was stationed in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in 1946. Following his time in the service, he enrolled in Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1948 with a degree in English. He then entered a master’s degree program at Indiana University and in the fall of 1949 he began his teaching career in the English Department at Hanover College. He received his doctoral degree from Indiana University and was a Dante scholar. He loved teaching and some of his favorite courses to teach were “Contemporary Fiction” and “Modern World Literature”. An avid reader, he would keep abreast of the best new works to constantly revise and update his courses. He also developed and taught the course “Dante in Florence” which allowed students to travel to Florence, Italy to study Dante and the Divine Comedy in the setting of Dante’s life. He served as the editor of the Forum, the national magazine of the honorary fraternity Phi Eta Sigma. He retired from Hanover College in 1989 as the chairman of the English Department. On January 30, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Bernice Mellencamp. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Brian and Bill, and one daughter, Connie. Their marriage was long and loving and filled with adventure. Together they enjoyed playing bridge with friends, traveling abroad, and camping throughout the United States. Their most treasured time was spent with family. They missed celebrating their seventy-eighth wedding anniversary by three weeks. Dr. Fox had several favorite hobbies he pursued during his retirement years; woodworking, reading, crossword puzzles, and fishing. He loved fishing, and was content even when, as usual, he didn’t catch anything. He was a gifted woodworker and his children and grandchildren have many beautiful pieces he gave to them. During these years he continued his reading, but was able to read anything he wanted just for the joy of it, no longer needing to develop a class curriculum. Dr. Fox was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida. He was a faithful, active, and hardworking member of every church he attended, serving in leadership positions, on committees, and even filling in with a sermon. He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his brother Oswald Fox, his sister Lola Friedersdorf, and his son Brian Fox. Survivors include his wife Bernie Fox, son Bill Fox and his wife Narendra, daughter Connie Risk and her husband Jim. Grandchildren: Paula Marino (Jan), David Fox, Julie Karustis (David), Heather Madalena (Greg), JB Risk (Stacey), Holly Hearne (Gabe), along with 16 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. There will be a Memorial Service at the Lutheran Haven Assisted Living Facility on Friday, January 15, at 2:30. Due to Covid19 restrictions, only residents and staff of the ALF will be able to attend. There will be a Celebration of Life and interment ceremony at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund, Lutheran Haven Foundation, 2041 West S.R. 426, Oviedo, FL 32765; or Apraxia Kids, Reedsdale St., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 https://secure.apraxia-kids.org/site/Donation

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On Friday, January 8, 2021, Charles F. Fox, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 97 at Lutheran Haven in Oviedo, Florida.
Dr. Fox was born on October, 8, 1923 in Columbus, Indiana, to Frank and Pearl Fox. He grew up in Grammer, Indiana and attended Columbus High School, graduating in1942. During his high school and early college years, he played the clarinet and saxophone and had a swing band that performed in local clubs. He attended Hanover College until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 during World War II. During his service he attended trainings in different regions of the United States. At the end of the war he was stationed in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Following his time in the service, he enrolled in Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1948 with a degree in English. He then entered a master’s degree program at Indiana University and in the fall of 1949 he began his teaching career in the English Department at Hanover College. He received his doctoral degree from Indiana University and was a Dante scholar. He loved teaching and some of his favorite courses to teach were “Contemporary Fiction” and “Modern World Literature”. An avid reader, he would keep abreast of the best new works to constantly revise and update his courses. He also developed and taught the course “Dante in Florence” which allowed students to travel to Florence, Italy to study Dante and the Divine Comedy in the setting of Dante’s life. He served as the editor of the Forum, the national magazine of the honorary fraternity Phi Eta Sigma. He retired from Hanover College in 1989 as the chairman of the English Department.
On January 30, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Bernice Mellencamp. This marriage was blessed with two sons, Brian and Bill, and one daughter, Connie. Their marriage was long and loving and filled with adventure. Together they enjoyed playing bridge with friends, traveling abroad, and camping throughout the United States. Their most treasured time was spent with family. They missed celebrating their seventy-eighth wedding anniversary by three weeks.
Dr. Fox had several favorite hobbies he pursued during his retirement years; woodworking, reading, crossword puzzles, and fishing. He loved fishing, and was content even when, as usual, he didn’t catch anything. He was a gifted woodworker and his children and grandchildren have many beautiful pieces he gave to them. During these years he continued his reading, but was able to read anything he wanted just for the joy of it, no longer needing to develop a class curriculum.
Dr. Fox was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida. He was a faithful, active, and hardworking member of every church he attended, serving in leadership positions, on committees, and even filling in with a sermon.
He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, his brother Oswald Fox, his sister Lola Friedersdorf, and his son Brian Fox.
Survivors include his wife Bernie Fox, son Bill Fox and his wife Narendra, daughter Connie Risk and her husband Jim. Grandchildren: Paula Marino (Jan), David Fox, Julie Karustis (David), Heather Madalena (Greg), JB Risk (Stacey), Holly Hearne (Gabe), along with 16 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Lutheran Haven Assisted Living Facility on Friday, January 15, at 2:30. Due to Covid19 restrictions, only residents and staff of the ALF will be able to attend. There will be a Celebration of Life and interment ceremony at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund, Lutheran Haven Foundation, 2041 West S.R. 426, Oviedo, FL 32765; or Apraxia Kids, Reedsdale St., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 https://secure.apraxia-kids.org/site/Donation