Alvin “Red” Fox
Alvin “Red” Fox, 97, of Rochester, passed away at 4:07 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Rochester where he had resided for the last nine years. The staff there became his extended family and were there for him when the family could not be due to the circumstances of 2020.
Born on June 21, 1923, in Pulaski, he was the son of the late Edward and Stella (Kuhn) Fox.
He married the love of his life, Norma “Susie” Schmicker, in 1951. They moved to the Grass Creek community in 1954 where they made their permanent home and raised their family. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2020.
Red was a retired farmer and formerly co-owned Tippecanoe Construction Company. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Kewanna and enjoyed fishing, woodworking, farming, gardening, reading, playing euchre and embroidering. In his later years, he made fleece blankets to occupy his time. At last count, he had made about 500 blankets. The blankets were given to family, friends and several charities. His granddaughter, Vanessa, swears that he grew the best green beans ever.
Red was known as a soft-spoken man who was willing to help wherever needed. He was small in stature but big of heart. He and Susie used to like to “cut a rug” on Friday or Saturday night when they went to local clubs for dinner and dancing with the occasional shot of whiskey. He had many stories to tell including the one about when he was a little boy and there was a still hidden in their upstairs and the kids were supposed to let their parents know if there were ever lights coming in their driveway. They never got caught. He will be greatly missed by family and friends
Survivors include his daughters: Susan Streeter, Ph.D. of Clovis, California, Patricia Heiden of Rochester, and Rose [David] Masker of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren: Charlotte Heiden of Rochester, Jennifer Duff of Grass Creek, Autumn Masker of Omaha, Nebraska, and Vanessa Masker of Yankton, South Dakota; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Joe, Leo, Robert and Darl Fox; and sisters: Helen Engle, Dorothy Roth and Rita Fox.
Private family services will be held with burial at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery near Kewanna.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory Creek Healthcare Center in Rochester.
Red’s online guestbook is available and condolences can by shared at www.ransfunerahomes.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Nov. 11, 2020)